Rahul Gandhi says Aarogya Setu app is a ‘sophisticated surveillance system’  

Team Suno Neta Saturday 2nd of May 2020 11:13 PM
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Rahul Gandhi. 

Rahul Gandhi, former Congress president and Lok Sabha MP from Wayanad, has termed the government’s coronavirus-tracking app, Aarogya Setu, is a “sophisticated surveillance system” and raised concerns over its security credentials on data and privacy-related issues.

On Saturday, Gandhi tweeted: “The Arogya Setu app, is a sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a private operator, with no institutional oversight – raising serious data security & privacy concerns.”

Asaduddin Owaisi, leader of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad, also expressed concerns over the app. Taking to Twitter, he said, “The central govt is fighting Covid-19 with taali (claps), thaali (plates), bijli (lights) and a very shady app (Aarogya Setu). Now the government has issued a diktat that people have no choice in the matter.”

Later, Owaisi doubled down on his remark and said it had “touched a raw nerve”. He also said the app doesn’t have a sunset clause and unlike other countries, which have privacy laws, the government’s word can’t be legal guarantee.

Reacting to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted calling the former Congress president’s remark as a lie. Calling the Aarogya Setu app a “powerful companion which protects the people”, he clarified that the app is not outsourced to any private party.

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