The Aarogya Setu team claims that the app has already helped more than 1,40,000 people by using its internal contact tracing technology to warn them of the potential risk of coronavirus infection.
NITI Aayog has open-sourced the code of the Arogya Setu app after a number of experts questioned privacy regarding Aarogya Setu. The new move comes 41 days after the launch of this app in April. Recall that this contact tracing app has crossed the figure of 100 million registered users. The Niti Aayog has released the source code of the Android version of Aarogya Setu, which is said to be used by 98 percent of its total users. The NITI Aayog has also said that they will open the source code of iOS and KaiOS versions of the Arogya Setu app at a later stage.
The source code of the Android version of Aarogya Setu has been available on GitHub since midnight on 26 May. The National Informatics Center (NIC) has also announced a bug bounty program to encourage researchers to find flaws in the app.
Currently, the Arogya Setu app has 11.50 million registered users on all supported platforms. During the conference, Kant also highlighted that the app had already helped more than 1,40,000 people by using its internal contact tracing technology to warn them of the potential risk of coronavirus infection.
Security experts have already expressed their concerns over the privacy of users in this app and have also urged the government to open the code of the Arogya Setu app last month. NITI Aayog is also ready to release all subsequent updates of the app through its repository on GitHub.
In addition to open-source code, the government has launched a bug bounty program, which will be hosted by the MyGov team. This program will help security researchers to get a reward of 1 lakh rupees. In this, a person searching for security weaknesses or deficiencies in the app will get a reward of 1 lakh rupees. Apart from this, an additional reward of Rs 1 lakh will also be given to improve the code.