Aarogya Setu download rate is faster than Facebook. Can it keep India ahead of Covid curve?

With over 50 million downloads in less than two weeks, the Narendra Modi government's recently launched Aarogya Setu contact tracing app for Covid-19 has jumped to the top of Google Playstore. That's the fastest download rate for any app in the world—even faster than Facebook NITI Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant Wednesday.

Praised by the World Bank as an important voluntary initiative to combat the pandemic, the app uses GPS and Bluetooth technology to alert a user if they have come in contact with a Covid-19 positive patient.

PM Modi also made a strong pitch for citizens to download the government app during his national address Tuesday, even as he spoke about the migrant worker crisis and testing.

This is why Aarogya Setu is ThePrint's Newsmaker of The Week.

Despite its strong push from the government, the app has also been making headlines for some wrong reasons. Data privacy concerns, fears that the government will use it as a surveillance tool and the fact that there is no prevailing legal framework for the app being just a few. Even the Indian Army appears a bit jittery, having cautioned its personnel to follow cyber security protocols after downloading the app to ensure no breach in security.

The Modi government has since updated the privacy policy for the app, answering some crucial security concerns.

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