Corona App

The government is promoting an App in the name of a digital push to try and control the Corona outbreak.
The app says privacy of the individual is first.
But, when you install the app, you surrender your privacy of movement. Your location versus time is tracked within a few meters.
Anyone is this field knows this app is useless until it is made mandatorily on.
i.e You will have to keep your mobile phone chained to you and always keep your GPS, Bluetooth and 4G turned on. A law should be enacted that prevents movement of citizens without this app!!

OK let us not disagree on the surrender of privacy.
But is this method capable of delivering the larger good.
I would say no. There would be so many false positives. Many will be put on quarantine based on this app. The proponents might say that quarantining a thousand citizens is better than letting one infected patient on the loose. But this App can neither prevent false negatives.
Here is a scenario: An amazon delivery boy tests positive. Based on his GPS data he had visited you several days back. Even though you took precautions in receiving the delivery like asking him to leave it in the portico and brought it in only after 2 days, you will be put under quarantine. However while travelling to the next customer, his phone lost GPS connection. The next customer unfortunately did not take any precautions and signed using the delivery boys pen. The system has missed a true susceptible. This is just a sample.

It will be another failure like the GST centralized server.
It will not be thrashed without inconveniencing a big chunk of citizens.

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  1. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said Arogya Setu is a sophisticated surveillance system. “The Arogya Setu app, is a sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a private operator, with no institutional oversight – raising serious data security and privacy concerns. Technology can help keep us safe; but fear must not be leveraged to track citizens without their consent,” he said in Twitter.

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