Smartphone makers in India are being asked to preinstall the app on new devices.

What you need to know

  • The Aarogya Setu contact tracing app reportedly enables federal surveillance.
  • It was launched by the Indian government last month to help fight COVID-19 in the country.
  • The app has been installed by over 75 million smartphone users in India so far.

India rolled out a contact tracing app called Aarogya Setu last month to help track coronavirus infection in the country. While it started as a voluntary app, the Indian government recently made it mandatory for all employees in the country. However, various privacy-focused groups have been raising concerns about the app’s information collection ever since it was launched.

An independent analysis of the contact tracing app by the folks at Gizmodo has found that the app enables federal surveillance and also makes devices vulnerable…

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