The Aarogya Setu app was made available for public download on April 2, 2020. Ever since its release, there have been calls to make it open source as part of the government’s Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software. More than four months on, all that the developers, and the researchers have is a source code that is not even the code of the actual app. Moreover, the server-side code, which handles most of the functions of the app remains missing and the code repository barely gets updated. In this scenario, the privacy, and security of over 150 million users remain to be at risk. So, we wrote to the government asking them to step up, and soon!
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://internetfreedom.in/aarogya-setu-should-be-open-source-now/