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Assess the concerns against the Aarogya Setu app and the arguments in favour of it and also suggest measures to address the concerns.

Topic:  Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

2. Assess the concerns against the Aarogya Setu app and the arguments in favour of it and also suggest measures to address the concerns.(250 words)

Reference: Economic Times 

Why this question:

The Aarogya Setu app was recently designed to enable users who have come in contact with COVID-19 positive patients to be notified, traced and suitably supported.

Key demand of the question:

The question is straightforward and one must assess the concerns against the Arogya Setu app and the arguments in favour of it and suggest measures to address the concerns.

Directive:

Assess– When you are asked to assess, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidences.  You have to appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming a personal opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the coming of the Arogya Setu – contact tracing app in India into existence.

Body:

To start with, explain the background circumstances under which this app was developed; Governments around the world are using contact-tracing as a means to improve their situational awareness to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Government’s Aarogya Setu App follows the same trajectory. Discuss the concerns highlighted by the article such as – app has been criticized for not complying with data protection principles of data minimization, purpose limitation, transparency and accountability, all of which are crucial to protecting the privacy of its users. Discuss the arguments in favour of the app.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced and just solution to address the concerns involved.