Xiaomi to start pre-installing ‘Aarogya Setu’ on its Smartphones if Govt Orders: Manu Kumar Jain

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According to report by the Indian Express VP of Xiaomi, Mannu Kumar Jain has given this information a video conference call held yesterday.

Mannu Kumar Jain stated that “the company will pre-install Aarogya Setu in all new phones if the government passes an order to that effect.” However, he clarified that the government has not mandated that just yet. When asked about the serious privacy concerns raised by cybersecurity professionals and civil rights advocates, Jain pointed to the government’s claims that the app is safe and does not pose a security risk.

Jain also stated that Redmi India has made it compulsory for all its employees to install the Aarogya Setu app.

We can have posters put up and request consumers to download the Aarogya Setu app but definitely can’t force them (into downloading the app)”

Mannu Kumar Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi

With over 83.5 million active users already, Aarogya Setu is an app developed by the Government of India for tracking coronavirus patients. It is now mandatory for government and private sector employees to download the Aarogya Setu mobile application to strengthen the efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.