Show-cause notice

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The show-cause notices were issued to Central Public Information Officers of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and National E-Governance Division (NeGD) after the agencies failed to give information on:

  • The process of creating the Aarogya Setu app
  • Files relating to the creation
  • Audit measures to check for misuse of personal data of users.
  • The Central Information Commission (CIC) issued a notice to the government for providing an evasive response to an RTI application related to Aarogya Setu mobile application. Arogya Setu is a contact tracing app that has crores of users' data.

 

Why the concerns?

  • Usually before an application is installed by a user, the developer asks for permission to access certain information of the phone. The application uses only the user permitted data data obtained from the phone for its functioning.
  • Now, with the developer of the application become unknown, there are possibilities of illegal data retrieval from the users of the applications. Thus, the concerns are being raised.

 

Arogya Setu Application

  • The Aarogya Setu app was rolled out by the government amid the coronavirus pandemic to track the real-time movements of people and alert them if they are in the proximity of Covid-19 patients.
  • Show-cause notice
  • Show cause notice means a Court order that requires a party to appear before the court and explain why a certain course of action should not be taken against it.
  • If the party cannot convince the court or fails to appear, that course of action is taken.
  • Courts commonly use orders to show cause when the judge needs more information before deciding whether or not to issue an order requested by one of the parties.
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