Government’s COVID-19 app Aarogya Setu – NOT a ‘Spying’ app

Right from the time when the government launched a mobile app called Aarogya Setu in view of the coronavirus pandemic, reports are constantly claiming that the app might be used as the government’s hidden weapon. So, let me crack open the reality for you: the reports are not so true.

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Here are 5 reasons which will make it certain that the Aarogya Setu app is not being used for surveillance.

1. The app doesn’t insist upon any personal details

The latest version of the app doesn’t require you to put in your name, age, address and other details. Even in the previous version, these details were optional.

2. Only your contact number is asked

Aarogya Setu app-only calls for your mobile number just for verification with an OTP. No other personal details are demanded.

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3. No permissions are asked to access files, SMS, camera, contacts, etc.

Aarogya Setu app just makes use of your mobile number, Bluetooth and location as a means of tracking your contact and in turn predicting whether you are in a safe location or not. The app only asks permission for GPS and Bluetooth.

4. You can delete the app any time you wish

The app can be uninstalled at any time just like all the other apps you download. In case you reinstall it in the future, you would have to register your contact details again. This makes it quite evident that the app doesn’t read or record your phone number.

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5. Its social graph figures out your risk category

The Aarogya Setu app is sketched out in such a way that it can detect other devices that comes within the proximity of your phone’s Bluetooth and GPS. If any of your recent contacts are tested corona positive, based on the recency and proximity, the app determines whether you fall under the low-risk or high-risk category. It also offers you suggestions on what should be the next step you take.

Now that all your doubts are answered, please download it – it’s the best for your safety!

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