The Indian government’s controversial Covid-19 contact tracing app Aarogya Setu will now let users delete their account in an update released to the app on iOS and Android devices today.
The app update, first reported by Medianama, says that deleting the account on an Android device means erasing information from the government servers 30 days after the account is deleted, deleting all app data from the phone, and permanently cancelling the registration.
The report highlighted that in the earlier version, the data stored on the device such as location and Bluetooth data not yet uploaded to the server, was deleted, but personal information (name, gender, age, profession, travel history), which was uploaded to the government server on registration, would be retained for at least 30 days even after the app was deleted.
Further, in an iOS update, it has introduced two new feature on iOS devices (version 2.0.0) — Status Check and Approvals. Status Check allows users to check the Aarogya Setu status of close ones by adding their account through a QR account. Approvals allow external, third-party apps to access the user’s Aarogya Setu status.
It also leverages Bluetooth and GPS-based location tracking to identify the possible positive coronavirus cases around the user. It detects other devices with the app and alerts users based on proximity to the device. It also captures all information and informs authorities about the movement of suspect cases.
Though the app clarifies that the user data will not be shared, it adds that personal information may be shared with other people for necessary medical and administrative interventions.