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These 17 Covid apps launched by state govts lack specific privacy policies, says survey

A report by The Centre for Internet and Society states how these apps 'largely escaped attention and public scrutiny' but have loopholes in their privacy policy.
The Aarogya Setu is a healthcare app launched by the Narendra Modi govt.

Govt suspends Aarogya Setu portal for e-pharmacies after chemists move Delhi HC against it

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Acharya made the statement before a Delhi HC bench and said the AarogyaSetu Mitr portal will remain suspended for the 'time being'.
A pharmacy in Jammu

Chemists move Delhi HC against Modi govt for ‘promoting’ e-pharmacies via Aarogya Setu

A petition, filed on 8 May, raised questions over the Modi govt’s intention of favouring online pharmacies, which, it said, are ‘illegal under law’.
The Gwalior bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court | Image: ThePrint Team

Courts set new bail conditions — register as ‘Covid-19 warrior’, download Aarogya Setu app

In over 20 orders passed Monday & Tuesday, MP High Court cited ‘fundamental duties’ to instruct accused to volunteer with district authorities as 'Covid warriors'.
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Delhi University to remain closed till 31 May, employees asked to download Aarogya Setu

The university's official order said e-learning process would continue & colleges had been asked to provide basic reading material to students through their websites.
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Confusion over Aarogya Setu as Railways says app must for Rajdhani but gives no guidelines

Zonal Railway officials say they were not issued any directive in this regard. A ministry official says it was a last-minute decision.

The price of Covid freedom may be eternal spying

In the post pandemic world, the individual’s autonomy over her data may be lost forever. Our mobiles will keep us safe — by spying on us.
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Govt ‘thanks’ French ethical hacker who flagged Aarogya Setu, but dismisses security concern

Elliot Alderson, an ethical hacker from France, claimed he discovered a security issue with Aarogya Setu app and said he would disclose it some time if the govt has fixed it or not.

On Camera

A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

India, China generals meet today as ‘PLA keeps up Pangong incursions, blocks army at Depsang’

The fresh round of dialogue comes as India and China have hit a stalemate in military talks with regard to disengagement at multiple flashpoints in Ladakh.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.