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Aarogya Setu app

Why in news:

  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology informed in a written response in Parliament that Contact­tracing data from the COVID­19 pandemic collected by the Aarogya Setu app has been deleted from government databases.
  • In accordance with the provisions of the [Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol, 2020], the contact tracing feature of the Aarogya Setu mobile application has been discontinued and contact­tracing data collected through it has been deleted.
  • According to an RTI application filed by the Internet Freedom Foundation, that policy was discontinued by June 2022.

Features of Aarogya Setu App:

  • India launched Aarogya Setu mobile App for helping augment the efforts of limiting the spread of COVID19 in 2020.
  • The main objective is to enable Bluetooth based contact tracing, mapping of likely hotspots and dissemination of relevant information about COVID19.
  • The App is available in 12 languages and on Android, iOS and KaiOS platforms.
  • The key pillars of Aarogya Setu have been transparency, privacy and security and in line with India’s policy on Open Source Software.
  • The source code of Aarogya Setu has been made open source.
  • It is developed by the National Informatics Centre under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
  • Aarogya Setu’s development has been a remarkable example of collaboration between Government, Industry and Academia and citizens.

Syllabus: Prelims + Mains; GS3 – Security

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