Singapore and South Korea have launched applications for helping civilians to be safe from the coronavirus. Taking inspiration from them, India has also decided to make such an application, named as Corona Kavach. Coronavirus has been spreading worldwide through coming in contact with the infected person.
This application checks the data of the individual in segments of one hour. It provides an alert to the person when he crosses any person who is a patient of coronavirus. That infected person may have tested positive for the disease of COVID-19.
This application is in collaboration with the ‘Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’ and ‘Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’. The location of the user will be tracked through GPS. The application will notify if the person is in a high-risk area.
In India, the number of people using cell phones is high. Hence, this application can be very helpful for Indian citizens. The user will be aware of his surroundings and if anyone of his surrounding has been infected.
The government is assuring that no private data will be shared even with the government. But some people have been claiming that this application will destroy an individual’s privacy. There are no laws for data protection in India and it will be difficult to follow any privacy policies.
Although, some individuals have stated that this application is for the good of the public. It will fall under IT-Act of accessing traffic and data. Also, the government is ensuring data protection. This Corona Kavach application seems to be for the welfare of Indians, considering the condition due to COVID-19.