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Government releases data processing protocol for Aarogya Setu app


The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Monday released a protocol for the Aarogya Setu app, which said the Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management will review after six months.

“The Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol, 2020” outlines the ways in which the data collection through the government’s Covid-19 contact tracing app will take place.

MeitY secretary Ajay Sawhney is heading the empowered group on technology and data management during Covid. He told Business Standard on Sunday that the ministry was planning to bring out some guidelines to further define on what exactly can be done with the data.

The National Informatics Centre, under MeitY, will be responsible for collection, processing and managing response data collected by the Aarogya Setu.

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The protocol states that will specify the purpose for which it is collecting data in the privacy policy of the app, and will only collect data that is “necessary and proportionate to formulate or implement appropriate health responses”.

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Automakers warn of up to 45% sales drop as economy slumps amid pandemic


India’s automakers have warned that total automobile sales could fall as much as 45% in the current fiscal year in a worst-case scenario as economic growth slumps due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and they are seeking government help through the crisis.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), an industry trade body, told government officials last week that if the economy contracts by 2% in the year starting April 1, sales of cars, trucks and motorbikes could decline by as much as 45% from a year before.

presented two more scenarios to the government: one where the economy grows by 2%-3%, which would lead to a 20% decline in auto sales, and a second where growth stagnates from last year, resulting in a 35% decline in sales.

The trade body represents most major automakers in India, including Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hero MotoCorp and the local units of Toyota Motor, Hyundai Motor, Ford and Volkswagen.

Global consultancy McKinsey & Co estimated in April that if India’s lockdown was extended until mid-May, the economy could shrink by 2%-3% in the current fiscal year, while

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