OPSI COVID-19 Innovative Response Tracker

Indian state app requires users to send GPS-tracked selfies every hour to the government

Innovative response

he home quarantined coronavirus suspects and patients will have to send their selfies on the Quarantine Watch, a mobile application developed by Karnataka government's revenue department to keep a track of the isolated persons. The government warned the home quarantined people that they will be sent to mass quarantine centres if they violate the rule.

In a press release, Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar directed all home quarantined persons to enroll themselves and send their selfies on an hourly basis.

The selfie sent from the Quarantine Watch contains GSP coordinates, which makes the location of the person known.

"If the home quarantine person fails to send selfie every one hour (except sleeping time from 10 pm to 7 am) then government team will reach such defaulters and they are liable to be shifted to the government created mass quarantine," the minister said in the statement.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

This app allows the local government to track exactly where their citizens are.

Organisations/institutions involved

Karnataka Government

Potential issues

This case has already been unpopular with some critics as a potential infringement on their personal liberties.

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Issues being addressed:

  • Real-time data collection, sharing, and analysis