BENGALURU: A division bench of the Karnataka high court on Thursday directed the central government and the petitioner in a public interest litigation (PIL) to clarify their stand on key issues/ questions pertaining to the Aarogya Setu application.

The bench headed by chief justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka pointed out that fundamental aspects of the appl need to be understood before it can pass an order. The court has granted parties 10 days to submit documents supporting their claims.

Both sides were told to specify the kind of data that is transferred to the government/ agencies once a person downloads Aarogya Setu app on his/her mobile phone, why these people need to submit self-assessment and whether Bluetooth is automatically activated. The court also sought information regarding the concept of response data as well as the contingency for the application displaying green/ yellow/ orange or red.

Colin Gonsalves, senior advocate appearing for the petitioner, reiterated that the fundamental right to privacy of a citizen who downloads the app is at stake as private data of a person is transferred to people in the vicinity of about 500 metres. He said an individual who has symptoms but tests negative will continue to be in the 'red/ orange' category and all his/her contacts could be forced to undergo quarantine.

He also said personal data collected through the app is not safe as it is shared with many agencies/ entities.

In his brief submission, additional solicitor general MB Nargund said that there is a sunset clause, which states data can be retained for 180 days.