The Aarogya Setu app was launched on 2 April as a contact tracing app. The app is designed to fight the Covid-19. This app uses Bluetooth and GPS on the user’s mobile to inform him of other nearby coronavirus infected users. Within few days of the launch, the Aarogya Setu app was downloaded millions of times and now according to the latest information, more than 9 crore people have downloaded this app till May 4.
Officials informed this news during the 14th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) held on COVID-19. Aarogya Setu helps mobile application users identify if they are at risk of COVID-19. It also provides many important information to people, including ways to avoid coronovirus and its symptoms. However, since launch, some groups have called the app a threat to the privacy of users and criticized it.
French security researcher Robert Baptiste claimed that the Aarogya Setu app contained a “security loophole”, a problem that has put the privacy of crores of Indians at stake. However, it has also been learned that the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and the National Informatics Center (NIC) also contacted the hacker immediately to understand the problem and later denied the hacker’s claim.