(Juhi Aishwary, Intern Journalist): The government on Tuesday announced the opening of the source code to address privacy concerns in the Arogya Setu App. They also announced a reward for finding security flaws. National Informatics Center director-general Nita Verma said that there will be four categories of awards for people looking for bugs in the app and suggesting to improve its programming. Under this program, a person who finds a bug in the Aarogya Setu app will be given a reward of one lakh rupees. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that no government in the world is open-source on this scale.
The government has opened the source code to address concerns about the confidentiality of the data being collected by the Contact Tracing App. He said that transparency, privacy, and security have been the core principles of the health bridge. The opening of the source code to the developer community indicates the continuation of these commitments of the Government of India.