India has made the COVID-19 application for contact tracing mandatory in certain parts of the country.
Yesterday the country extended its national lockout for two weeks from today. But the extension is not total: the regions which have known no new case or none during the last 21 days will be designated “green zones”. But places with known cases or insufficient data will become “red” or “orange” zones subject to orders for stays at home and to significant restrictions on commercial activity.
And in the red or orange areas, depending on the news Order [PDF] from the Interior Ministry, “Local authorities must ensure 100% coverage of the Aarogya Setyu app among residents of containment areas.”
Aarogya Setyu is India’s national contact finder app and has been pushed down by Prime Minister officials as not only a practical tool but one that is pretty much unpatriotic to ignore. The Indian IT minister even labeled it “foolproof”, which sounds like a challenge for black hats!
#QuotableQuotes | “@SetuAarogya The application is foolproof and a secure application. “- @rsprasad Hon’ble IT Minister @GoI_Meity. Get your own personal bodyguard handy, download the app now -OS:https://t.co/eeWB6XDG54
Android:https://t.co/X62xHj6EqJ#DigitalIndia #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/IAZge7C6Bm
– Digital India (@_DigitalIndia) May 1, 2020
This new command may be impossible to apply because the application does not work on cell phones, which represent more than half of India’s national telephone fleet. However, it is not difficult to see why India wants more facilities: it had around 80 million to date, which is not just more than six percent of the country’s population and not one particularly useful sample in a country where megacities exceed ten million. resident brand.
Wanted: an exit strategy from open monitoring of smartphone contact tracking
It is not a clause The register found in our investigation of similar applications. And now it’s a clause that will bind an unknown number of users who will be forced to download the application. ®
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