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Walking the Tightrope: Privacy Risks in India’s Contact Tracing App

MALD candidate Mohit Saini co-publishes op-ed in The Diplomat on the importance of privacy and contact tracing apps.

India’s Aarogya Setu app, created to fight the spread of coronavirus, has been criticized for various data and privacy risks. The government should make efforts to design a privacy-first app, otherwise there can be serious implications for the country’s 1.3 billion people. 

Many countries have launched contact tracing smartphone apps to help track and stop the spread of coronavirus and in order to relax lockdown restrictions. Around the world, governments are pushing this latest tool by making it either mandatory or voluntary, but strongly urged. More than 30 countries are working on such apps in the absence of any global standards. Interestingly, these solutions, which have certain limitations and privacy concerns, are yet to prove their actual effectiveness. 

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