The government has made Cumpulary the use of Aarogya Setu app for all public and private sector employees after announcing Lockdown 3 to mitigate the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Govt has also made the app use compulsory for people residing in Coronavirus Containment Zones to enable intensive surveillance and contact tracing in those areas which are highly effected and Authorities have been asked by the government to ensure total coverage of the app among those residents.
The Centre, on Friday, had announced it mandatory for government and private sector employees to use Aarogya Setu mobile application to bolster the efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, and entrusted the organisational heads with ensuring its 100 per cent coverage. The Union Home Ministry also said the mobile app will be must for people living in COVID-19 containment zones. Use of Aarogya Setu app shall be made mandatory for both private and public sector emloyees. It shall be the responsibility of the head of the respective organisations to ensure 100% coverage of his app among the employees. Without this app no employee allowed to work.
All central government employees and private sector employee were on Wednesday asked to immediately download They must review the app status safe on ‘Aarogya Setu’ before they start the work and only when the app shows ‘safe’ or ‘low risk’ status then they start the work. Officialy Notification said that the officers and staff are advised that in case the app shows a message that he/she has a ‘moderate’ or ‘high risk’ calculated on the basis of Bluetooth proximity that may be recent contact with infected person, he/she should not come to office and self isolate for 14 days or till the status becomes ‘safe’ or ‘low risk.
The app has also raised privacy concerns by other developers. Experts dout that the app requires far more data than what is necessary and falls shorts of the standards set by contact tracing apps of other countries. It’s Use of GPS-based location data is a major concern. NITI Aayog has clear the point on the use of this app and said that GPS data helps in finding new hotspots nearby areas. It claimed that location data used only for contact tracing.