How Safe Aarogya Setu App Is?

French hacker Robert Baptiste has claimed for a privacy issue in the Aarogya Setu application. Though he had not listed out the vulnerabilities in the app, the Aarogya Setu developers had issued a statement saying that user data is safe and secure.

According to the government, 90 million people had downloaded the Aarogya Setu application.


Privacy advocates from some time had been demanding to open source the application and on Wednesday, #OpenSourceAarogyaSetu was trending on Twitter.

As reported by Business Standard who was told by Mishi Choudhary, Technology Lawyer and Founder of legal service firm Software Freedom Law Centre, that there is a need to open source the app to fix vulnerabilities by letting the larger software community look at the code.

An official at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that now the application is not stabilized and once it is stabilized it will be open-sourced because if the app is open-sourced at this primary stage people will come up with false reports too, which have to be checked, taking up a good amount of time and resources.

The other issue raised by the French hacker was that a user could get the Covid-19 status displayed on the Home Screen by changing the radius and latitude-longitude using a script.

He claimed to have found, during the day, that five people felt unwell at the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday, two unwell at the Indian Army headquarters, while one was infected at the Parliament and three at the Home Ministry. He also detailed how he managed to find this information in his post on Medium.

Aarogya Setu had added in its response that personal information of any user has not, be proven, to be at risk by this ethical hacker and that they are continuously testing and upgrading their systems.

On Tuesday night, Alderson had tweeted that the privacy of 90 million people was at risk because of Aarogya Setu.

The government, through guidelines issued for extension of the lockdown on May 2, had made the use of Aarogya Setu mandatory in containment zones.


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