Topic: Arogya Setu
On Monday, a Single Judge Bench of the Kerala High Court heard a writ petition filed regarding third party data sharing and mandatory imposition of the Aarogya Setu app launched by the Union Government during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Internet Freedom Foundation, an Indian non-governmental organization that conducts advocacy on digital rights and liberties, sent a joint representation to the Prime Minister's Office that is endorsed by 45 organizations and more than 100 individuals against the mandatory use of the Aarogya Setu App dated May 1, 2020.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi criticized the BJP government over the coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu as a "sophisticated surveillance system".
The application remains a privacy minefield and it does not adhere to principles of minimization, strict purpose limitation, transparency, and accountability, say experts at Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF).