Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister,Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,Government of India
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India
Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Chairperson, Parliamentary Standing, Committee on Information Technology
17 September 2020
Subject: Technical, legal, ethical and implementation concerns regarding Aarogya Setu and other apps introduced during COVID-19 in India
We, the eight organisations and 145 individuals, consisting of public health advocates, experts in digital privacy, science and technology policy advocates, researchers, lawyers, journalists, medical professionals, students and other concerned persons want to express our deep concerns regarding the Aarogya Setu (AS) and other similar Apps related to the novel Corona virus epidemic. We are deeply concerned about violation of privacy, and compromised ethical principles and values, due to the AS App’s design, its deployment, related policies regarding data storage, preservation of privacy and data sharing, as well as overall policy implementation and inadequate legal frameworks for data protection and grievance redressal for users.