Arogya Setu App known as the best app in India for Covid-19 tracking. But once again it is in news due to its creation.
According to the reports, NIC reported that they don’t know who created this app. And also they have no information regarding how it got develop. NIC is the National Informatics Centre.
They are responsible for all the government websites and their designs. This news came after CIC sent a notice to NIC’s officials. CIC (Chief Information Commission) asked NIC to inform them of an RTI application.
The application was regarding the Arogya Setu App and how it is made? And after this reply of NIC, CIC said, “The reply can’t be evasive.”
Saurav Das is the person who filed the complaint regarding this. According to reports he went to the NIC, National E-Governance Division (NeGD), and the ministry of electronics and information technology.
And he asked them about the creation of the app. According to him, there is no data available that can explain who made this app and how?
This is an alarming situation as this is one of the highest download app in India.
And it gained so much importance recently that no one expected. After gaining importance it was a must for restaurants, cinema halls, metro stations.
But this question and complaint by Saurav Das regarding Arogya Setu App is much valid.
To the reply of NIC, CIC again asked about the app. But this time it raise, why there is no information regarding the app with them.
NIC must-have information for all the apps mentioned on their website.
After this audits are now being conduct, to check for the data it collected. As it has a huge amount of personal data of Indians it is a must to verify that there is any misuse of data or not.
Also, along with the creation of the Arogya Setu App, there are more things that are not clear. These things have no knowledge about the files created and inputs received.
The commission orders explanation
“The Commission directs the CPIO, NIC to explain this matter in writing as to how the website https://aarogyasetu.gov.in/ develop with the domain name gov.in, if they do not have any information about it,” Information Commissioner Vanaja N Sarna has ordered.
Worries over the application and its security viewpoints have been face previously. Congress pioneer Rahul Gandhi had before blamed the administration for penetrating information security.
“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,” he had tweeted.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had then discredited the charges and affirmed that Aarogya Setu has not been moved operations to any private administrator.