Arghya Sengupta from the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, talks to host Pavan Srinath about the Aarogya Setu app. He discusses how the app works, how it can benefit health services as well as app users, its trade-offs on personal privacy, and how its use should be voluntary and not mandated by rules.
Aarogya Setu is a COVID-19 tracking app launched by the Government of India on April 2, 2020 and has been downloaded over a 100 million times till date. Arghya and a team from Vidhi assisted the government in drafting a Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol for Aarogya Setu, which was released on May 11, 2020.
Arghya is the Founder and Research Director of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, a legal think tank based in Delhi and Bangalore. Arghya was also a member of the Justice B.N. Srikrishna-led committee of experts on a data protection framework for India.