The Chief Information Commission (CIC) of India issued a show-cause notice on Wednesday to the National Informatics Centre (NIC) – a body that provides IT solutions for the Indian government asking them to provide legitimate answers about the creation of Aarogya Setu.
NIC has revealed that it has no information about the creator of the Aarogya Setu app. The show-cause notice issued by the CIC cannot be avoided, Hindustan Times reported.
The action by CIC comes after an Indian citizen Saurav Das filed a complaint with the RTI body. Das, who is a journalist by profession, claims to have also approached the NIC, National E-Governance Division (NeGD) and the ministry of electronics and information technology seeking to know about the creator of the application previously.
Aarogya Setu Update— Saurav Das (@OfficialSauravD) October 22, 2020
Had an urgent hearing at CIC today. NIC & Ministry of Electronics IT were asked to tell me which dept has info on the shady Aarogya Setu App.
Both pointed at each other while saying “we don’t have it”!
Show-cause Notices for 25k penalty issued to officers. pic.twitter.com/dtxqJDA2Vc
Rahul Gandhi, a key political leader for India’s main opposition Congress party had previously called Aarogya Setu a surveillance tool collecting data of Indian citizens for the Modi government.
The Arogya Setu app, is a sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a pvt operator, with no institutional oversight - raising serious data security & privacy concerns. Technology can help keep us safe; but fear must not be leveraged to track citizens without their consent.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 2, 2020
Keeping in line with Gandhi’s statement from May, several Indian citizens are raising questions on the legitimacy of Aarogya Setu – the app that has been mandated by the Ministry of Home Affairs before entering restaurants, cinema halls and metro stations.
This guy called it out in May. https://t.co/3bOeQCYsqm— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) October 28, 2020
For God Sake !!!!!!!😲😲😲— Shubhra (@shubhshaurya1) October 28, 2020
Seriously!!!!!!! This is height of lie.....
First Chinese incursion and now this👇
Government is also running on bhagwan bharose
When I saw that Aarogya Setu app can share our details, I immediately uninstalled it.
BEWARE INDIA with this Chor Sarkar!! https://t.co/oxDsKaxicn
Govt had no data on— Nehr_who? (@Nher_who) October 28, 2020
- Death of Migrants
- Death of healthcare workers
- Job loss during lockdown
now the Govt has no INFORMATION on who created Aarogya Setu app?
Time for Nehru or Mughals to take the blame.
Upon installation, the app is capable of identifying whether the user has come into contact with a COVID-19 patient or someone suspected of having it.
In order to predict the status of the user’s safety, the app requires the user to allow it to access the phone’s number, location, and Bluetooth connectivity feature.