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Last Updated : May 11, 2020 06:24 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Despite privacy concerns, Aarogya Setu on course to hit the 100-million user mark

Over 69 million people have taken the app's self-assessment test till date, which is an adoption rate of over 71-percent.


Aarogya Setu, the Government of India's COVID-19 tracking app has become an instant hit among mobile users. Within two weeks of its launch, the app became the fastest app to reach 50 million downloads.

Fast-forward to today, and the app is gearing up to enter the 100-million mark. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people of the country to download the app. Aarogya Setu's growth has been further bolstered by the Centre, making it mandatory for government employees to use it. Moreover, the government has also asked private companies to use the app.

Speaking to ANI, Niti Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, "The Aarogya Setu App alerted the government about more than 650 hotspots across the country and over 300 emerging hotspots which could have been missed otherwise. It gives an accurate forecast of hotspots, and it is also preventing the origin of newer hotspots. The engine has generated incredible insights and impact with precise projections of locality, direction, and velocity of the spread of infection."

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Kant also confirmed that around 69 million people had taken the self-assessment test till date, which is an adoption rate of over 71 percent. Out of which, more than 3.4 million people have self-diagnosed as unwell, showing one or more than three symptoms. A team of more than 70 healthcare workers has reached out to about 650,000 people that have shown two or more symptoms.

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He also confirmed that over 16,000 people had been conducted follow-up teleconsultation by doctors. Despite the app's exponential growth, it has been criticised by some experts and opposition parties. A French ethical hacker was critical of Aarogya Setu, calling it a surveillance system. However, that has done little to slow down downloads.

In an interaction with ANI, Kant addressed privacy concerns of the mobile app. He said that it is built to ensure privacy and security of personal information and based on the “privacy-first by design” principle.
First Published on May 11, 2020 02:09 pm
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