Right from the time, Aarogya Setu was developed; there were allegations about its frail security features that could make it prone to hacking. The source code of the app had restricted access and was not open to the developers due to the privacy and accountability concerns of the government. The Indian government was in a continuous rift with the developers and the ethical hackers regarding the privacy issue of the users. It was demanded that the source code should be an open-source to all so that people can carry out inspection and can get rid of any issues concerning their privacy.
Finally on Tuesday, concerning the security issues, the government made the source code of the application public; making it more enhanced, transparent, and safe for the users. “The key pillars of Aarogya Setu have been transparency, privacy, and security, and in line with India’s policy on Open Source Software, the source code of Aarogya Setu has now been made open source”, stated the Electronics & IT Ministry.
As, more than half of the bulk of India’s population are users of Android devices, thus, the government, for now, has made the source code of the app, public, only for Google’s Android smartphones. The source code for the app’s IOS version will be released in the next two weeks. The government has also announced that it will pay a cash price of Rs.1 lakh to any developer who will be able to find bugs or loopholes in the application.
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“With the release of the source code in the public domain, we are looking to expanding collaboration and to leverage the expertise of top technical brains amongst the talented youth and citizens of our nation and to collectively build a robust and secure technology solution to help support the work of frontline health workers in fighting this pandemic together”, added the Electronics & IT Ministry.
The COVID tracker app, Aarogya setu, an initiative of the Indian government, tracks through a Bluetooth and location generated social graph that alerts users when they come close to the virus containment. The government has also made the download of the app mandatory for all the Central government employees as well as for air travel and all other activities that involve the movement of people