A city in India is ordering all of its residents to download the government's controversial COVID-19 contact tracing app or face jail time
Police in a city outside of New Delhi, India, ordered residents to download a COVID-19 contact tracing application to their smartphones or risk a fine or jail time for violating the city's lockdown order.
According to a BuzzFeed News report, residents of Noida, India, who are found to have not downloaded the contact tracing app are subject to up to six months in jail and a fine of about $13 USD.
Police told local media they will conduct random checks of residents to ensure they've downloaded the app, though as BuzzFeed News reported, it's not entirely clear what police would do should a person not own a smartphone capable of downloading the app, or be traveling without out their device.
Approximately 400 million Indian citizens are projected to own a smartphone, according to an analysis by Statista — that's a fraction of the country's nearly 1.4 billion population.
The app, Aarogya Setu, was created by the Indian government and has been pushed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Over 90 million people have downloaded the app in the country in less than one month, according to BuzzFeed News.
The app allows users to record their travel history, symptoms, and also requires constant access to Bluetooth and the device's location data. Using these factors, the app offers users designations of green, yellow, or orange "pages" to illustrate a user's risk of having COVID-19.
There have been at least 52,559 cases and 1,768 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in India, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
According to the BuzzFeed report, there have been concerns over privacy due mostly do the state-created app's constant access to a user's location data. In addition to being mandated by the city of Noida, the application was mandated among all employees of the federal government, BuzzFeed reported.
Pharmacies also reportedly denied services to people who did not have the application installed, BuzzFeed reported, and Zomato, the largest food and grocery delivery service in India, required all of its delivery partners to install the application on their phones. It requested its customers to do the same.
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Sure thing but then turn your phone off or leave it home
a person did not own a smartphone, which less than half of Indian citizens do. Haha such a made up statement. People have two to three phones there.
It's a wonder the US hasn't tried that stunt!
Wonder the one who don't have the laptops/computers etc., will do!
My phone sits at home and when i get home I check to see if I missed any calls. I am not one of those people who are a slave to their cellphone.
Sure I'll download it. I just never carry a phone.
I`m glad I don`t live in India
App probably drains your battery rapidly too.
hat’s an understatement... a government that has a tracking beacon by law on its citizen in real time? That’s not privacy concern, that’s a total removal of privacy!
If you honestly believe that half of india does not own a smart phone, then you deserve this propaganda articles. Smartphones are dirt cheep in India, you can buy some for as little as 5 bucks. Pretty much everybody has at least one.The app is a great idea, once the virus is beaten back you can always delete it.
What if they don't own a smart phone?
That is what is nice about having a phone that don't connect to the internet.
I'll take the jail time.
Obviously it's wors荣华彩票网址e over there tan they are reporting
They have to much kiddyporn on their phones to download anything else.
I do not own a goddamned smartphone. What makes those geniuses think everyone in Noida does?
Just say NO. Cell phones are convenient but are not necessary for most people.
Sounds like something trump would pull.
Simple everyone do not do it!! Lets see them lock up the whole city!!!
India is a failed regime under racist Modi
Boycott of India. Stop buying Indian Goods.