Google Play Store: Now fear of misuse of data is haunting Pakistan! 14 apps removed from Google Play Store, know the reason
Pakistan: NADRA said that personal data of residents of Pakistan is being wrongly sold and shared through many apps on the Google Play Store.
Google: Google is always alert about the security and privacy of its users, due to which the company takes many big decisions from time to time. This time again the company has removed many apps from the Play Store in Pakistan. According to a Dawn report, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) had taken up the matter with the US-based Alphabet owned company regarding the breach of personal data of Pakistani residents. After which Google Play Store has removed 14 of its applications in Pakistan due to violation of personal information of citizens.
According to the information, NADRA brought this issue to the attention of Scott Beaumont, Google President of Asia Pacific, Hsiang Chung, Legal Head of the region and Stephanie Davis, Vice President of Customer Solutions at the company. According to Dawn, in a letter to Google, NADRA said that the personal data of residents in Pakistan is being violated.
Data is being sold wrongly
Describing this as an important and urgent issue, NADRA had said that personal data of residents of Pakistan is being wrongly sold and shared by many applications (apps) hosted on Google platform and available on Google Play Store. Apart from this, he said that the app was using NADRA’s name and product in an illegal manner, so that the user has an impression that the app is official and authorized. Along with this it was operated from NADRA.
Violating Google’s policies
According to the information, after the removal of the apps from the Google Play Store, the authority said that the apps which were removed had used their name and product illegally. So that the user can be assured that the app is somehow authorized and operated by them. He said that he was receiving personal data from Pakistani residents and was violating Google’s policies.