The National Health Service in the UK just published the source code of its contact tracing app, tweeted Elliot Alderson, a pseudonym used by the French ethical hacker in the news for confirming that the Arogya Setu app is a surveillance tool.
Any app which the government is forcing you to download and which gives you the ability to snoop on neighbours and find out who among them is unwell or has tested positive, he has argued, is a surveillance app. If the app ha nothing to hide, he said, it should have no difficulty in disclosing its source codes. An open source app is what most countries follow, he pointed out.
Alderson also makes the telling point that despite mass surveillance and far more intrusive use of technology, China continues to struggle in coping with the coronavirus.
Alderson on Friday tweeted : “NHS published the source code of its contact tracing app. Your turn @SetuArogya”.
Questions raised by Indians about the Arogya Setu app and his response follows.
No. You don’t. You need
· Tests to identify infected people
· Masks, Gloves, PPEs
· Contact tracers
· Respect social distancing
· Isolate infected people
An App will not break the chain
This journalist is sharing on Twitter the personal data of confirmed COVID-19 patients.