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FCCPC to block loan apps harassing customers


The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has said that it will begin the process of blocking loan apps that harass their customers.

The acting chairman of the commission Adamu Abdullahi in an interview with BBC, said the agency has begun to address the issue.

Many Nigerians have complained about the harassment they are subjected to by these loan sharks.

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The chairman said “It would soon be history in the country that online platforms that many people know as loan sharks, where some Nigerians access money quickly to solve urgent issues.”

Recall that in March, the Nigeria Data Protection Commission said it was investigating over 400 cases of privacy breaches involving online loan apps.

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It noted that investigations have revealed that “loan apps are overly intrusive.”

NDPC is also seeking a ban or restriction on mobile numbers found to have been used by lenders to breach the privacy of their customers.

“They generally violate the principles of data protection and privacy because they have access to contacts, pictures, messages, etc. of data subjects,” the commission stated.

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