NPC summons 67 online lenders over alleged privacy breaches

Louella Desiderio – The Filipina star

October 5, 2019 | 00:00

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

In an order issued yesterday, NPC said officials of companies operating the following online lending apps were scheduled 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, Credit peso, Crutchpil, First loan, Flash cash, Happy cash, Hello 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 loan, One cash, Pilipinas online loans, 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,, Peso2go, Pesomine, 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 corporate names, physical addresses, or email addresses cannot be identified for purposes of serving court orders or ‘notice,” AFN Deputy Commissioner Leandro Angelo Aguirre said in a statement. a message.

NPC appeals to those responsible for the above as the body has received complaints against online lending apps for alleged breaches of privacy law.

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

In addition, personal information about the persons concerned was disclosed to third parties, including friends, relatives, colleagues and the superior of the borrower. In some cases, third parties were informed that they were 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 complainants also reported that online loan applications used borrowers’ contact list to embarrass, harass, threaten or coerce them into settling their loans.

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

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