India’s contact-tracing app is going open-source

India said it will publicly release the source code of its contact-tracing app, Aarogya Setu, to the relief of privacy and security experts who have been advocating for this ever since the app launched in early April.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney made the announcement on Tuesday, dubbing the move “opening the heart” of the Aarogya Setu app to allow engineers to inspect and tinker with the code. The app has amassed over 114 million users in less than two months  — an unprecedented scale globally.

The source code of Aarogya Setu’s Android app will be published on GitHub at midnight Tuesday (local time), and code of iOS and KaiOS apps would be released in a “few weeks.” Nearly 98% of the app’s…

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