India forces citizens to use the corona tracking app
India forces citizens to use the corona tracking app

India is actively promoting a government-sponsored application to stop the spread of the emerging coronavirus and is concerned that the second most populous country in the world is using high-tech social control in the Chinese way.

The Prime Minister of India has identified its use of Aarogya Setu (Hygiene Bridge) as a major tool in fighting the deadly virus. The number of cases in India is expected to surpass China within a week and become the source of the epidemic.

Like many corona virus tracking applications, Aarogya Setu uses Bluetooth applications and Indian applications use GPS data to expand the information collected and create a central infection transfer database. This method is avoided in most countries for confidentiality reasons. .

The Indian app emulates the China Rapid Health Response Code system, which evaluates a person's potential health in green, orange or red, indicating that the person is safe, at high risk or is infected with a virus.

The Indian government has forced the app to be used by all public and private sector workers who have returned to work, which, according to the Freedom of Software Act (. SFLC), has made India the only democratic country requiring Corona virus surveillance applications. .

The center added: `` The government actually requires you to provide data without your consent. Once you violate your human rights without wondering, we will be worse than China. "But the government of the Indian Prime Minister has received international criticism for misusing the huge Muslim minority in the country, but it has not wavered.

The Ministry of Railways has ordered all passengers to download the application (Aarogya Setu) before boarding. Indian media reported that the paramilitary forces that defended the airport and the New Delhi subway station in the capital had drawn up similar plans for all passengers.

Noida Police, a smart phone manufacturing center on the outskirts of New Delhi, uses criminal law to ensure the app is downloaded.

According to a note from the Indian Ministry of Technology on May 11, the National Information Center (NIC), the government agency that developed the Aarogya Setu app, can share personal information in the app with departments and public health authorities.

There are 300 million Indians who do not use smartphones and cannot access the application (Aarogya Setu). If the law requires that they cannot go to work by train without installing the application, then the mandatory use of the application can lead to their marginalization.

The Center for Software Freedom Law said: "It is not only a matter of confidentiality, it is also a human rights issue because it prevents the entire social class from using transportation to reach the workplace."


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