Contact-tracing app Aarogya Setu goes open-source

Ajay Prakash Sawhney, secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), announced that the government will release the source code of the app to ensure its transparency and to counter the rising noises of privacy issues around the app

Govt was also under pressure as Aarogya Setu was downgraded by MIT Technology Review’s, it had given only 1 out of 5 stars to the app for collecting more data than necessary.

Infact, govt has also gone a step ahead and has offered a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to security experts for identifying and reporting bugs & vulnerabilities in the app.

According to the announcement, the source code of Aarogya Setu’s Android app will be released on GitHub post-midnight tonight for all users on the Google-owned platform. 

“Opening the source code to the developer community signifies our continuing commitment to the principles of transparency and collaboration,” a press release from MeitY said.

Developed by MeitY under the guidance of the National Informatics Centre, Aarogya Setu’s iOS version source code will also be released within the next two weeks along with the server code.

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