Govt has shared data from Covid-19 exposure events of less than 13,000 Aarogya Setu users
For those who are not at risk, their data is deleted every 30 days and data for those who are currently being tested is deleted after 45 days.
The government announced today that less than 13,000 users' data from the Aarogya Setu app has been moved to government servers so far. This was confirmed by Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) during the health ministry's daily briefing about Covid-19.
Sawhney said that the 13,000 were users who were found to be Covid-19 positive or were at risk of the disease according to the information on the Aarogya Setu app. And while only 13,000 were found to be Covid-19 positive or at risk, this information allowed the government to alert nearly one lakh users.
The Aarogya Setu app currently has over 9.8 crore users.
However, this information is hashed using a unique digital id, which the government calls DiD. This DiD is what is shared between phones while determining exposure events.
Sawhney explained that when two Aarogya Setu users come in close proximity, the app transfers data like GPS location, identity etc. to central servers if a person tests positive. For those who are not at risk, their data is deleted every 30 days and data for those who are currently being tested is deleted after 45 days.
If a user tests positive, then their data is kept up to 60 days after they are cured.
Sawhney reiterated today that the data acquired from the app is used only for health-related purposes. He also confirmed that while the app is only available on Android and iOS phones right now, it will be coming to JioPhones soon.
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