In an attempt to safeguard users, Alphabet Inc’s Google has removed loan apps from the Google Play Store, wrote in a blogpost on Thursday. Vice President of Product, Android Privacy and Security said in a post, “We have reviewed hundreds of personal loan apps in India, based on flags submitted by users and government agencies.”
Google does what it does best when it comes to dealing with Android Play Store issues – put out a blog post and start playing whack-a-mole. Now against shady app-based loan apps in India. https://t.co/GpTiCs1iWT pic.twitter.com/04VUzfmEKU
— Subrahmanyam KVJ (@SuB8u) January 14, 2021
According to a latest investigation, total of 10 loan apps have violated the Google rules on loan repayment lengths which aimed categorically on vulnerable borrowers. Not only the norms of Google but also the regulations of the Central Bank aimed at protecting borrowers. On the total number of apps that has been removed, Google didn’t give any clarification or statement. Google said that the developers of these apps must only access permissions that are necessary to implement current features as well as the services.
In a blogpost Google said, “They should not use permissions that give access to user or device data for undisclosed, unimplemented, or disallowed features or purposes. Apps that fail to do so will be removed without further notice.”