Aarogya Setu is not a surveillance app: Govt

New Delhi (NVI): The central government has issued a clarification and termed a prominent newspaper’s Op-Ed, which alleges Aarogya Setu app will be used for surveillance, as baseless.

The Aarogya Setu app, was launched by the government to keep people informed about COVID-19, and help them self-evaluate their risk of catching the virus.

In the clarification issued, the government has assured people that Aarogya Setu is not a surveillance app and is only a safe mobile application to help people stay notified about latest coronavirus updates or assist them in self-assessing their current health-condition.

The clarification was tweeted on Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) twitter handle, to fact check the claim that is doing rounds on the internet.

The app uses location, Bluetooth and basic personal information of the users to function. But it does not link user location and user data with any sensitive personal data. Neither does it make users vulnerable to hacking.

This app was launched a few days ago, in order to bring the citizens together in the fight against COVID-19.