Real debate now not on Aarogya Setu however on Rahul Gandhi's grasp of technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Real debate now not on Aarogya Setu however on Rahul Gandhi's grasp of technology: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad once once more brushed aside allegations that India's coronavirus contact tracing app Aarogya Setu can be used for nation surveillance.

the IT minister stated that the crores of customers that have downloaded the app are proof of the public's have faith in it.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the Aarogya Setu app is a "sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a personal operator, with no institutional oversight". Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rejected the costs that the coronavirus-related software was once a "sophisticated surveillance system" that was once leveraged to song residents besides their consent.

Denying the claim, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Rahul Gandhi mustn't be the reference factor for the difficulties the country is dealing with at some stage in this pandemic. It ought to be debated if he is familiar with science or economy. I enchantment him to no longer politicise this crisis."

Elaborating on the elements of the Aarogya Setu app, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "When there is no scientific cure, the Aarogya Setu app is the usage of science to warn and make tens of millions of humans conscious of the hazard that is lurking. India's populace is one hundred thirty crore, round 121 crore humans have cell and 126 crores have Aadhaar cards. More than 60 crore human beings have smartphones. We are proud of this Digital India. All the app does is that it warns you if you are close to anybody who is contaminated and it additionally does contact tracing."

"9.5 crore humans have downloaded the application. That skill 9.5 crore human beings have confidence it which is now not a small number. There is no violation of privacy. Your title is no longer mentioned. The records is encrypted and it is accessible solely for a restrained duration of time. General statistics will be deleted from the database in 30 days and if the records is of an contaminated man or woman it will be deleted in 45-60 days. This is being achieved in the country wide interest. If any person has so lots problem with it, then actually do not down load it," the Union IT minister added.

When requested about some administrations like Noida making the downloading of the Aarogya Setu app mandatory, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "There are MHA tips to down load this software in the country wide interest. If a employer or society mandates that you down load the app, then a character who did not down load it then need to be wondered what their trouble with it is. This need to now not be considered from as a privateness and regulation debate. Many nations are the usage of such platforms. Are such questions being raised there?"

He brought that data about sufferers comes from the central database maintained through the ICMR and if any science professional has any precise issues about the app, they need to elevate it and the IT ministry will work to get to the bottom of the issue.

The ministry has additionally launched The ‘Aarogy Setu Interactive Voice Response System' to consist of residents with function telephones and landline connections beneath the ambit of the ‘Aarogya Setu’ cellular application.

It is now obligatory for all authorities and non-public area personnel attending workplace to down load the app, in accordance to a Union Home Ministry directive.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been urging human beings to down load the Aarogya Setu app, pronouncing it is a first-rate use of science to fight coronavirus. "Tracks the unfold of COVID-19 and notifies you if any one round you is struggling from it. Also lists help-desk numbers of a number states," he had stated in a collection of tweets final month.

Meanwhile, the authorities on Wednesday stated no facts or protection breach has been recognized in Aarogya Setu after an moral hacker raised worries about a viable protection difficulty in the app.

On Tuesday, French hacker and cybersecurity professional Elliot Alderson had claimed that "a safety trouble has been found" in the app and that "privacy of ninety million Indians is at stake".

Dismissing the claims, the authorities stated "no private statistics of any consumer has been demonstrated to be at hazard with the aid of this moral hacker".