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India’s Aarogya Setu app is now open source

The Government of India has made the android version of Aarogya setu app open source. The app designed for tracking COVID-19 cases was facing several questions regarding users privacy and security. Making it open source will allow developers to inspect the source code of the app and modify for changes. The source code of the Android version is already available for review and collaboration. Developers and researchers can visit https://github.com/nic-delhi/AarogyaSetu_Android.git link to participate.

Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronincs and Information Technology announced the opening of of the Aarogya Setu app to allow engineers to inspect and tinker with the code. The app has amassed over 114 million users in less than two months  — an unprecedented scale globally.

The source code of Aarogya Setu’s Android app was published on GitHub  at midnight Tuesday (and code of iOS and KaiOS apps would be released in coming weeks. Nearly 98% of the app’s users are on the Android platform.

Aarogya Setu app uses Bluetooth and location data to function. It has advised more than 900,000 users to quarantine themselves or get tested for the disease and almost 24% of them have confirmed to be positive with COVID-19, the ministry said.

Apart from this, the government has also announced offer cash prizes of up to $1,325 to security experts for identifying and reporting bugs and vulnerabilities.