After Congress MP Rahul Gandhi raised data security and privacy concerns over the Aarogya Setu mobile application, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad has slammed Gandhi on Saturday.
Prasad said that the Aarogya Setu is a powerful companion which protects people. It has a robust data security architecture. Slamming Rahul Gandhi, he said that it was really high time that Gandhi stops outsourcing his tweets to his cronies who do not understand India.
Taking to Twitter, Prasad wrote, "Daily a new lie. Aarogya Setu is a powerful companion which protects people. It has a robust data security architecture. Those who indulged in surveillance all their lives, won’t know how tech can be leveraged for good!"
He added, "Aarogya Setu is now being appreciated globally. The App is NOT outsourced to any private operator. Mr. Gandhi really high time that you stop outsourcing your tweets to your cronies who do not understand India."
Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi had said that the COVID-19 tracking app is a sophisticated surveillance system. The Wayanad MP had written, "The Arogya Setu app, is a sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a pvt operator, with no institutional oversight - raising serious data security & privacy concerns. Technology can help keep us safe; but fear must not be leveraged to track citizens without their consent."
Aarogya Setu app was launched in public-private partnership. It enables people to themselves assess the risk for their catching the coronavirus infection. The app makes its calculations based on a person's interaction with others, using Bluetooth technology, algorithms and artificial intelligence.