Government releases backend code of Aarogya Setu App to enhance transparency – DNA India

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The Aarogya Setu App aims to help people identify bluetooth contacts of COVID-19 positive users and issues alerts for helping people stay safe.

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Updated: Nov 22, 2020, 07:19 PM IST

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Friday released the backend code of Aarogya Setu App in the open domain that will help people understand the functioning of the COVID-19 contact-tracing app and remove all apprehensions related to privacy and security.

This move by the government will help people understand how the app functions along with its privacy and security policies.

The source code of the Android and iOS versions were released earlier and the backend source code is also being released as per the policy of Government of India to share all code repositories with developer community.

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‘Releasing backend code will help people in understanding the complete functioning of the app. This will clear any doubt that they have regarding privacy and security of their data,’ a MeitY official explained.

MeitY has released the backend code of Aarogya Setu on the OpenForge platform set up by the government to promote sharing and reuse of e-governance application source codes.

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Ministry of Electronics and IT in a statement said that Aarogya Setu has proved to be very useful in India’s fight against COVID19 and release of the source code of the Aarogya Setu App is a step in the direction of reaffirming the commitment of the Government to complete transparency.

Aarogya Setu was launched by the Government of India on April 2 with active involvement of the best of the minds from the Indian industry, academia and government working round the clock to build a robust, scalable and secure app, it said.

The app is now being maintained and supported by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).

The app aims to help people identify bluetooth contacts of COVID-19 positive users and issues alerts for helping people stay safe.

The Aarogya Setu ITIHAS interface with location data has helped identify emerging hotspots where proactive steps have been taken by health authorities and administration in order to contain the spread of the virus, it added.