What is Aarogya Setu App?
This is an initiative by the government of India. You need to download and install this application on your smartphone and set up providing some madatory personal information like name, age, mobile number, etc. You will also have to verify your mobile no using an OTP.
Is it available for both Android and iOS?
Yes it is available on Google play store as well as iOS app store.
How much does this app cost?
What are the important settings of this apps?
It is very important that you share your location for this app as it would be tracking your movement. You should also make sure that your smartphone bluetooth is switched on. GPS and bluetooth technologies would be used to collect information like your location, distance between two users and so on. Even your smartphone would be detecting other devices using bluetooth and collecting data.
How to download Aarogya Setu App?
Check out this page for downloading aarogya setu app
What are the advantages of this app?
This would give you all the updates shared by the Government of India, Health authorities including any alerts locally depending upon your location.
You can find out the number of people on isolation, quarantine and even postive cases around you.
You will be alerted if you are near any unsafe zone or anybody who has risk of infection. It will be very helpful for contact tracing. Example, you go to a super market and do some shopping today. After two days it was found that somebody who was near you when you were in the super market is tested positive. You will be informed and even the health authorities would be contacting you to do the necessary actions.
Also this app would alert you if somebody is near you who is a potential threat or has a travel history to a red zone and so on.
E Pass for traveling / moving during lockdown
Other feature is the E-Pass which would be issued using Aarogya Setu App. As of now you cannot apply for an EPass using this App, but once it is issued it would be visible inside the E- Pass section. To apply, you need to submit the application online with some information which is different for different states. I feel that the application feature will also be integrated into this application soon.
Is it mandatory to install and use Aarogra Setu App?
Initially it was voluntary, but if the real purpose of this application has to be served, all the population should be using.
Now it is made madatory for all the employees, both private and public sector to install this app. It is the responsibility of the employer to make sure that all their employees are using this app as instructed.
How far this app would be effective to detect potential threats?
We would need to start using this app and understand how effective it is. My opinion is that it would become better and better as more and more people start using it.
This is not for the first of its kind. There are many countries which are using similar technology to do contact tracing.
What is the future of personal right to privacy?
Yes indeed, thats a big question. You are sharing information about where you are going? Who all where there when you went somewhere? Whom you met? How long you where inside a super market and almost everything.