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Next from Aam Aadmi Party: An app to conduct stings

Sources said the govt and the Anti Corruption Branch have been holding regular meetings to discuss how to design the app.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 4, 2015 10:47:24 am
new app, smartphone app, app for corruption, AAP Sources said the govt and the Anti Corruption Branch have been holding regular meetings to discuss how to design the app.

The government is in the process of finalising the structure of an ‘anti-corruption app’ which can be used to record audio and video clips. An extension of the anti-corruption hotline, the app is part of the AAP’s initiative of reining in corruption.

Sources in the government said the app will have a software which can easily be downloaded on one’s smartphone. It will enable one to conduct audio and video recordings. The data will automatically be stored in a server operated by the government, sources said.

“Although the app is yet to be finalised, it will be developed in such a way that one needs to simply record the clip following which the data will automatically be saved in a server. In this way, even if there is any damage to the phone, the data will not be lost,” a source said.

Explaining how it would work, a senior official said once the app is downloaded it will ask for an user ID and a password. When the app is initiated for conducting a sting, the home screen would turn off automatically and it would appear as if the screen is blank.

“The idea is to not let the other person know he/she is being recorded. We will maintain a special server for this and it will be operated by the government,” the official said.

Sources said the government and the Anti Corruption Branch have been holding regular meetings to discuss how to design the app.

Speaking to Newsline, ACB Additional Commissioner of Police P C Hota said, “We have definitely been a part of the structure for creating this app. However, the final decision on the design and function will be taken by the government.”

Reportedly, the Administrative Reforms Committee of the government is incharge of creating and working the app. The design, sources said, is in its final stages and should be launched soon.

Meanwhile, the AAP is slated to launch the Anti-Corruption hotline at Talkatora Stadium on Sunday.

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