Govt releases backend code of Aarogya Setu to enhance transparency

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

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On Friday, the government released Aarogya Setu’s backend code in the open domain that will help people understand how the COVID-19 contact tracing app works and allay any apprehensions they may have regarding privacy and Security.

The source code for the Android and iOS versions of the Aarogya Setu app was released earlier and the source code for the backend was released in accordance with government policy to share all code repositories with the developer community, the ministry said. Electronics and IT (MeitY). in a report.

“Publishing the backend code will help people understand the full functionality of the application. This will remove any doubts they have about the privacy and security of their data, ”explained a MeitY manager.

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

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“By opening the source code, the government wants to encourage collaborative development between government departments and agencies and private organizations, citizens and developers to stimulate the creation of innovative e-governance applications and services.

“Regarding the Aarogya Setu app, the government has made every effort to share all information about it,” the statement said.

Aarogya Setu was launched by the Government of India on April 2 with the active participation of the best minds from Indian industry, academia and government working around the clock to create a robust, scalable and secure application, he said. declared.

The application is now maintained and supported by the National Informatics Center (NIC).

“Aarogya Setu app has been developed in the most transparent way and all details and documents including Aarogya Setu’s privacy policy and data access and knowledge sharing protocols have been uploaded to the Aarogya Setu portal.

“The portal has all the details about the app, including how the app works, COVID-19 updates, and why Aarogya Setu should be used. The app has been downloaded by over 16.43 crore users and has dramatically increased the efforts of frontline health workers in the fight against COVID-19, ”the statement added.

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The app aims to help people identify Bluetooth contacts of users who are COVID-19 positive and issue alerts to help people stay safe.

“These Bluetooth contacts have been advised for caution, quarantine or testing depending on the extent of exposure to COVID-19 positive users.

“Of those who were advised to get tested, nearly 27% tested positive. This is much higher than the overall positivity rate of 7-8%. Thus, the efficiency of the tests increased with Aarogya Setu, ”the statement read.

The Aarogya Setu ITIHAS interface with location data has helped identify emerging hot spots where proactive measures have been taken by health authorities and administration to contain the spread of the virus, he added.

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