India releases data-use protocols for its contact-tracing app… after five weeks and 100 million downloads


India’s government has released the protocol for using data gathered by its Aarogya Setu COVID-19 tracing app, weeks after its April 2nd release and after it was downloaded almost 100 million times.

The protocols [PDF], released yesterday by India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity), state that the state-run National Informatics Centre (NIC) will “collect only such data as is necessary and proportionate to formulate or implement appropriate health responses.”

Data collected includes the user’s name, mobile number, age, gender, and profession, as well as which users they have been in contact with, for how long, and where they were.

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