The government and its agencies "cannot say that until and unless you download this app [Aarogya Setu], you will not get these services," Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Abhay Oka observed while hearing Anivar A. Aravind's petition seeking permanent injunction against the use of the contact tracing app. The division bench constituting Justice Oka and Justice Ashok Kinagi subsequently directed the central government to specify whether the government of India is collecting and using data of individuals through Aarogya Setu. If it is, the government has to specify the purpose for which the app is collecting data and under the authority of which law. Central government counsel M.N. Kumar has been given time until October 3 to file a statement of objections. The matter will next be heard on October 5. 'Don't deny services to people, stop collecting data through Aarogya Setu': Petitioner During the hearing, Aravind's counsel, Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves said that at the moment, he was pressing for two interim reliefs (prayer 2 and 3, respectively in the amended petition): Directing the government to not deny services to citizens for not installing the Aarogya Setup app, and Order restraining the the government from "from proceeding with the Aarogya Setu app" and collecting data through it, irrespective of whether it is voluntary or involuntary. Justice Oka said that if the government is directed to not deny services on the basis of (non)-installation of the app, then the use of Aarogya Setu becomes voluntary. In response, Gonsalves said,…
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