[smc-discuss] Fwd: Urgent Request : Endorsement on Representation against Mandatory Use of Aarogya Setu for Workers

Akshay S Dinesh asdofindia at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 04:08:24 PDT 2020

We should endorse this.

I endorse this personally as well.

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 1:08 PM Anivar Aravind <anivar.aravind at gmail.com>

> Can we endorse this ?
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Apar Gupta <apar at internetfreedom.in>
> Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 12:08 PM
> Subject: Urgent Request : Endorsement on Representation against Mandatory
> Use of Aarogya Setu for Workers
> To: Anivar Aravind <anivar.aravind at gmail.com>
> Cc: Devdutta Mukhopadhyay <devdutta at internetfreedom.in>, <
> Policy at internetfreedom.in>
> Dear Anivar,
> I am sending below a request for endorsement by individuals or
> organisations to representation (developed in collaboration with labour
> unions) being sent to the Government on May Day. This concerns how their
> livelihood and participation in the workforce is being made contingent on
> the use of the Aarogya Setu App.
> It would be great if the Indic Project and any of your partners (as
> individuals or organisations) can endorse this. Kindly also circulate it
> with individual members of your groups and email lists.
> *To endorse individuals or organisations can send, "I endorse the
> Representation against Mandatory Use of Aarogya Setu to protect privacy,
> autonomy and dignity of workers during COVID-19 outbreak" with
> Name/Affiliation to to policy at internetfreedom.in
> <policy at internetfreedom.in>.*
> *Further details*
> As you may be aware, some companies (specially some large technology
> companies) have made it mandatory for gig workers to download the Aarogya
> Setu mobile app and we fear that others may soon follow suit. The Aarogya
> Setu mobile app which collects sensitive personal data relating to a
> person’s health and movements does not adhere to data protection standards
> and there is no remedy available if it misidentifies a person as at risk of
> having COVID-19. The lack of transparency about the app’s underlying code
> and algorithms means that false positives could force workers to
> self-isolate and lose their income and freedom of movement as a
> consequence.
> We have explained these privacy and exclusion concerns in greater detail
> in the representation we intend to send to the PMO's Office and Ministries
> of Labour, Electronics & IT, Home Affairs and Transport. The representation
> also seeks measures to provide financial relief and healthcare coverage to
> gig and platform workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
> The representation is available here: [English Version
> <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qCZuE7n7nSKG4smYBeJVaH60j9Pn6jw6rEcuZozxfBQ/edit>]
> [Hindi Version
> <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l_s1oJ80y6HOJbrczRVsRIvNr6Jl3dXWlqjOKqrlUdw/edit>
> ]
> *We would be grateful if you could circulate this email in your networks.
> The letter is open for endorsement till 8:00 AM on Friday, 1 MAY 2020.
> Please let us know as soon as possible so we can effectively plan advocacy
> and outreach around it timing this for May Day.*
> Best,
> Apar Gupta,
> Executive Director, Internet Freedom Foundation
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> email: apar at internetfreedom.in
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