NPC Summons 67 Online Lenders for Alleged Privacy Breach

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Louella Desiderio – Star from the Philippines

October 5, 2019 | 00h00

MANILA, Philippines – The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has ordered 67 online lenders to explain alleged data protection law violations.

In an order released yesterday, NPC said officials from companies operating the following online lending apps were due to appear for a summary hearing on October 15: Cashalo, Akulaku, Batis Loan, Cash bus, Cash flyer, Cash Loan, Cash moto , Cash to go, Cash warm, Cashafin, Cashaku, Cashaso, Cashmoney loan, Cashope, Cashwhale, Crazy Loan, Credit coin, Peso credit, Crutchpil, First loan, Flash cash, Happy cash, Bonjour papaya, JK Quick Cash Lending, Kwago, Lalapeso (Mintwagon Lending Corp.), Lending Cash, Light credit, Loan champion, Loan currency, Loan wallet; Mabilis cash, Mango cash, Mango Loan, Mcmpire, Megaloan, MF cash (Microdot Lending Corp.), Moola Lending, One cash, Prêts en ligne Pilipinas, Pautang peso, Pera advance, Pera express, Pera lending, Pera Pocket (Rainbow Cash ), Pera4u, Peso legend, Peso loan, Peso now, Peso online, Peso Q, Peso to Go, Peso tree, Peso wallet, Peso.ph, Peso2go, Pesomine, Pesos ph, Pesos.ph, Pinoy cash, Pinoy peso, Pondo pocket, QCash, Sell loan, Super cash, Super peso and Utang pesos.

“Based on reports from our Complaints and Investigations Division, the published list includes applications whose company names, physical addresses or email addresses cannot be identified for service purposes. or opinion, ”AFN Deputy Commissioner Leandro Angelo Aguirre said in a text. a message.

NPC appeals to those responsible for the above, as the organization has received complaints against online loan applications for alleged breaches of privacy law.

The complainants reported that personal information on their mobile contact list was collected and used by companies to contact third parties without their consent.

In addition, personal information about those affected has been disclosed to third parties, including friends, relatives, colleagues and the borrower’s supervisor. In some cases, the third parties were informed that they had been identified by the borrowers as co-creators or character references or that they were asked to settle the loan on behalf of the borrowers.

NPC said the plaintiffs also reported that online lending apps used borrowers’ contact list to embarrass, harass, threaten or coerce them to pay off their loans.

Based on the complaints, companies have also used intrusive methods to process personal information, including posting personal or sensitive borrower information on social media or threatening borrower contacts.


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