India Covid-19 Aarogya Setu App has reached 100 million users of India’s 450 million smartphone owners in 41 days after its release.
A representative Says; that this 100 million figure represents unique users — and not just those who had merely downloaded the app.
The app, available on Android and iOS, allows people to self-assess whether they have caught the infectious disease by answering a set of questions.
It then uses this information to alert users if they have come in contact with someone who might be infected.
Aarogya Setu, which means healthcare bridge in Hindi, also delivers updates on India’s testing efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic and tips to stay safe.
But the app has also raised concerns from privacy advocates and security researchers.
App stores location data of users when they sign up and logs details of those who have reported facing symptoms.
Aarogya Setu is also not open source, which means that independent researchers can’t audit the code to find any flaw.
“India Covid-19 Aarogya Setu App is an important step in our fight against COVID-19. By leveraging technology, it provides important information.
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