Is India using using coronavirus as a pretext to erode civil liberties?

Posted by on May 13, 2020 1:30 pm
Categories: Global Stories

South Asia correspondent Hannah Ellis-Petersen reports on the implications of people downloading an app designed to help control the spread of Covid-19 in a country with an increasingly authoritarian government

This episode first aired on Today in Focus, the Guardian’s global daily news podcast made by the Guardian team in London.

Aarogya Setu became the fastest downloaded app in India when 50 million users downloaded it in one day. But in a country with no meaningful anti-surveillance, privacy or data protection laws (the 1885 Telegraph Act is still in use) and a nationalist government with unprecedented snooping powers, many fear it has sinister implications.

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