Few days back Rahul Gandhi, a political leader of Indian National Congress pointed out the data security and privacy concern regarding the Arogya Setu App. He feared of the tracking of the citizens without their consents.
Rahul Gandhi said, “The Arogya Setu app, is a sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a pvt operator, with no institutional oversight – raising serious data security & privacy concerns. Technology can help keep us safe; but fear must not be leveraged to track citizens without their consent.”
Meanwhile, Elliot Anderson @fs0c131y a Twitter user warn the Arogya Setu developers about the privacy issues in their application. Arogya Setu is a application designed for contact tracing and dissemination of medical advisory in India. He also stated that the privacy of 90 millions Indian Citizens is at risk. If the app vulnerabilities are not resolved in time there is the fear of the data breaching which may expose the data of 90 millions users.
Well in another, tweet Elliot Alderson said he is waiting the fix from the side of developers. If the issues is not addressed within a reasonable deadline, the data may be exposed by the hacker.
Apple and google also denied to allow the GPS system in the contact tracing applications. These apps are used to trace the COVID-19 patients which may help to stop spread of Novel Coronavirus.
Privacy experts warned that any cache of location data could make businesses and individuals vulnerable if the data is exposed. and Google also stated they may allow a single app per country to use the contact tracing system.
It is to watch how the Arogya Setu developers react to the incident and opt for solving the vulnerabilities or loopholes in their contact tracing system. The official response from the developers is yet to come towards the incident.