New Delhi, Apr 13:World Bank has praised the Aarogya Setu app launched by India to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
Citing example of the app, a World Bank report said innovative solutions can greatly help educate and track contagion across the populations at large. South Economic Focus report of the world Bank said that digital technology can also be used to monitor the spread of Covid-19. It said India recently launched Aarogya Setu app that uses location data from persons’ smartphones to tell users if they have been near someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had y urged people to download the ‘Aarogya Setu’ mobile application, saying it is a fantastic use of technology to combat coronavirus.
“Tracks the spread of COVID-19 and notifies you if someone around you is suffering from it. “Also lists help-desk numbers of various states,” the prime minister said in a series of tweets.
“By leveraging technology, it provides important information. As more and more people use it, its effectiveness will increase,” he wrote on Twitter.The government had on April 2 launched the mobile app to help people assess themselves the risk of getting infected with coronavirus and alert authorities if they have come in close contact with a person infected with the deadly virus.
Global tech majors Apple and Google said later that they are building a software into smartphones that will help in contact tracing and inform users whether they were in touch with Covid-19 infected persons.
Reacting to the development, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that India leads the way in contact tracing for Covid-19. In a tweet he said glad to see Apple and Google joining hands to develop contact tracing on the line of Aarogya Setu.
Data collected by the app is designed to remain, by default, on your device. In order to work, the app needs to collect location information and contact histories. All this information is stored in the app and on your device. It is only if you are unwell with the virus and at risk of infecting others that your GPS location history as well as the details of everyone you came in contact with are sent to the cloud.
Contact and location information on the app is deleted on a 30-day rolling cycle, with similar data retention rules applying to information on the cloud. What this means is that even though the app collects a lot of information, all that data is destroyed once it’s no longer required.