Soon, users will not need to manually download India contact tracking app, Aarogya Setu, as it will be installed on smartphones by default.
Aarogya Setu will be installed on smartphones by default. Prime Minister Modi had urged users to download the Aarogya Setu app in all of his recent speeches, as it would help combat the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier, the government had asked the smartphone makers to make the app standard, but this was not possible because the production of the smartphones was stopped
Soon, users will not need to manually download India contact tracking app, Aarogya Setu, as it will be installed on smartphones by default. Prime Minister Modi had urged users to download the Aarogya Setu app in all of his recent speeches, as this would help limit the spread of the corona virus.
According to a report published in Mint, the app will be pre-installed on all phones soon. A source from a smartphone company and another from the Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT) confirmed the news to Mint. Earlier, the government had asked the smartphone manufacturers to install the app by default, but this was not possible because the production of the smartphones was stopped due to the nationwide lock. However, the reports state that the smartphone makers will work on it as soon as production resumes.
A day ago, the government asked all government employees to download the Aarogy Setu app and was not allowed to come to the office until their status in the app is “safe”. indicates.
“Before going to the office, they should review their status on & # 39; Aarogya Setu & # 39; and commute only if the app shows status” safe “or” low risk ” , was the order of the ministry. The report further stated that central government employees should stay at home if their status on the app says “high risk” or “moderate.”
The Aarogya Setu app became the most downloaded app in India with over 75 million downloads. It is still not mandatory for citizens to download the app, but once the block is lifted, the government can make it mandatory for everyone. There were reports that the app is being used by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Metro to screen people who want to use the service once the lock is released. In addition, the delivery app Zomato and Urban Company recently made the app mandatory for their delivery and service managers.
Interestingly, India isn’;t the only app relying on contact tracing app to curb the spread of coronavirus. In fact, Singapore was the first country to develop a contact tracking app, and South Korea also followed suit and was able to limit its distribution to a large extent.
Despite its popularity, the app has exposed some users’; data, including location data, to YouTube. The security bug came to light when the New York Times wrote about it. However, the bug has now been fixed. “Team Aarogya Setu was recently pointed out that if a user were to perform a very specific set of actions, YouTube could access the user’;s anonymized latitude and longitude,” Aarogya Setu noted.
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