Today, the Indian government has officially announced the launch of its new COVID-19 tracker app for both the popular mobile platforms, iOS and Android. The app is called Aarogya Setu, which is a Sanskrit for “A bridge of health”. It is developed by National Informatics Centre, which comes under the purview of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It is launched in 11 different languages including Indian regional languages for a wider audience across the nation.
The primary goal of this app is to provide you with all the latest information regarding COVID-19. From informing citizens of the best practices to keep this virus away fro themselves to a lot of proactive information will be flowing through this app. The description of the app states that it is aimed at augmenting efforts to proactively inform citizens about the best advisories pertaining to the containment of the COVID-19.
Over the past week, there were several Coronavirus related applications popped-up online. Most of which was launched by Union or either State governments. One of the apps you might have come across is Corona Kavach.
What does Aarogya Setu do?
The description states that it essentially helps users in identifying whether they’re at risk of Coronavirus infection or not. This is done by checking if you have come in contact with a COVID-19 infected individual. This can happen even unknowingly. Currently, the app is using the government’s database and it could eventually develop their own as more people signup for it.
What does it require?
The Aarogya Setu app will ask for Bluetooth accessibility and location of your device. Also, it’ll be sharing your data with the Government of India. It states, that your number and name won’t be shared in public at large at any time. There are some data security and disclosures that you should be aware of. For the app claims to encrypt the store data and it will not be shared by third-party vendors.
Once you complete signing up for the service, it’ll take you to a home screen. Where you’d be notified whether you’re in a safe location or not. Both the versions, iOS and Android offers the same features, except live tweets section, which is only available on the Android app for now.
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