Speaking at a press briefing on Monday, Ajay Sahni, Chairperson of Empowered Group-9, said, "Of all the apps that you use, Aarogya Setu has been created to be the most secure".
About 13,000 users have been tested positive for COVID-19, and the government said it was able to contact 56,000 people who were in close proximity or contact with the affected persons.
"Lot of work has been done over data privacy".
Earlier, the similar PIL had been filed against the mandatory use of the Arogya Setu App which is also scheduled to be heard on May 18.
However, there is no clarity yet on if and how the app will be enforced, officials said, as the Supreme Court, in a directive, has said making it mandatory is illegal.
The protocols [PDF], released yesterday by India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity), state that the state-run National Informatics Centre (NIC) will "collect only such data as is necessary and proportionate to formulate or implement appropriate health responses". With the app being made mandatory for rail passengers and employees in the private and public sectors, many have pressed the government to publicly share the source code of the app.
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They are also working on national guidelines for hospitals across the rest of the country that may find similar cases. The US has reported a total of 1,329,791 COVID-19 cases and 79,528 deaths.
The government will share the data from the app in an anonymised form with other government agencies "with whom such sharing is necessary to assist in the formulation or implementation of a critical health response".
There have been significant concerns about Aarogya Setu, that it's potential usage far surpasses the COVID contact tracing angle that is attached with it right now. The two tech giants say they will limit location access to these apps.
The Aarogya Setu app meets only the third and fourth review criteria, and the publication also noted that India is the only democracy that has made the contact tracing app mandatory for millions of people.
Railway workers make arrangements for the partial commencement of train services. That's the question that has been looming over the Aarogya Setu that was launched by the Government of India. "The app is useful for an individual, his family, and the community", Sawhney said. Katragadda said that Global Positioning System was added because the app was meant to go beyond contact-tracing to "Syndromic mapping".
The Aarogya Setu app keeps track of other app users a person comes in contact with and alerts app users if any of the contacts tests positive for COVID-19. "We want to promote the use of the app since it helps us tremendously in fighting the virus", Sawhney said.