Privacy Concern is a Problem with Covid-19 Applications in India
Corona Virus, the virus that brought the thriving Indian economy to a standstill for nearly 64 days, is now slowly being controlled. The Central government and the state governments, with their combined efforts, have minimized the effect of the pandemic in many parts of India. They were able to bring the magnanimity of the situation, majorly by the use of smartphone applications to understand the spread and control it.
The current situation
It has been observed that India alone uses nearly 40 COVID-19 related applications that help people to understand the virus better to protect themselves from getting infected.
Arogya Setu application is the predominant application by the central government that is taking care of tracking possible infection cases and has provided a great deal of help in controlling the pandemic.
What is the problem?
These applications must be monitored to find out whether there are active privacy policies in place to authorize these applications to collect sensitive data, as mentioned above.
Private advocates also state that these applications are also not updated regularly, therefore, posing as a cybersecurity threat.