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Aarogya Setu updates Privacy Policy, Terms of Service: Reverse engineering not banned, but function creep now legitimised

Aarogya Setu coronavirus

In a major concession and instance of function creep, Aarogya Setu's new Terms of Service, updated today, include "display [of] a government issued ePass", provision of "useful information in relation to COVID-19", and an indicator of whether a person has been infected with the disease or is likely to have been infected. This is in addition to its earlier stated purpose of contact tracing. Also, location data for the last 30, not 14, days will now be pinged to the server if a user comes in close proximity of an infected person. But in a significant win, reverse-engineering the app is no longer forbidden. Although this is not the same as open sourcing the code, it means that cybersecurity experts can at least analyse the app using publicly available APK kits without the fear of being prosecuted. Unlike the last time when Aarogya Setu's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service were updated, this time, the app notified the users of the changes, and sought fresh consent from them for the updated privacy policy and terms of service. Readers can find our word-by-word comparison of the Privacy Policies (v2 and v3) here, and of Terms of Service (v2 and v3) here. As of today, the app is being used by 112.8 million users. [caption id="attachment_215306" align="aligncenter" width="456"] Notification about update to Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.[/caption] Could government now be held responsible for any breach?: Changes in Terms Government working on best efforts basis, might be liable for unauthorised access…

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