Google Begins Removal of Loan Apps Without FCCPC License From Store

Google Begins Removal of Loan Apps Without FCCPC License From Store

  • Google has said it will begin the removal of unlicensed loan apps from its Store effective January 31, 2023
  • The tech company stated that any loan app without authorised documents from FCCPC would risk the removal
  • Specifically, Google listed loan apps from Nigeria, Kenya, the Philippines and Indonesia as mostly affected by its new policy

Google has said it will begin to remove loan apps without licensing documents from Play Store in line with its new policy guideline.

Following the new guideline from the tech giant, loan apps operating in Nigeria are now required to provide approval documentation from the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) or be removed from the Store from January 31, 2023.

Google, Play Store, FCCPC
Google to clampdown on defaulting loan apps Credit: Phiromya Intawongpan
Source: Getty Images

The new Google policy guidelines affect loan apps in Nigeria, Kenya, India, the Philippines and Indonesia, known to be the operational bases of unregistered loan apps.

Read also

NCC increases the number of approved phones for the Nigerian market to 1,891

According to Google, the policy applies to apps offering loans directly to customers with third-party lenders.

PAY ATTENTION: Сheck out news that is picked exactly for YOU ➡️ find the “Recommended for you” block on the home page and enjoy!

Google gives 30 days grace

Reports say Google gave the apps a grace period of 30 days from November 16, 2022, to comply with the new directives or be removed effective January 31, 2023.

It stated that loan apps operating in Nigeria must adhere to and complete the limited interim regulatory/registration framework and guidelines for digital lending and get a verifiable approval letter from FCCPC.

Google said:

“You must, upon Google Play’s request, provide additional information or documents relating to your compliance with the applicable regulatory and licensing requirements.”

FCCPC on the hunt for violators

FCCPC has been hunting for recalcitrant loan apps that violate consumer rights and privacy in Nigeria.

Read also

Full list of mobile apps NCC advises Nigerians to avoid downloading

It said investigations showed that some apps under probe are lurking in Stores and have continued to violate consumer rights and privacy.

The Commission mentioned the banned Soko Loan app as being behind most unlicensed apps on Play Store and has used them to bypass the Commission’s regulations.

Nigerian government asks Google, Apple to delete loan sharks from stores, lists defaulting apps

Recall reported that the Nigerian government, via the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), has asked Google and Apple to delete about four loan apps from their stores.

The FCCPC said the loan apps engaged in unethical practices against its laid down procedures.

The affected apps include Maxi Credit, Here4U, Chacha and SoftPay.


Online view pixel