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Google Play Store Shuts Out Apps with ‘Deceptive or Harmful’ Personal Loans

This essentially forces them to either offer lower rates or bow out entirely

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The affected lenders were not happy with the tech giant's move. Pixabay

Aiming to fight predatory loans better, Google has banned Play Store apps with ‘deceptive or harmful’ personal loans where the annual percentage rate was 36 per cent or higher, such as many payday loans.

A spokesman said that the expanded financial policy, implemented earlier this year, was meant to “protect users” against “exploitative” terms, Engadget reported on Sunday quoting The Wall Street Journal.

The affected lenders were not happy with the tech giant’s move.

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A spokesman said that the expanded financial policy, implemented earlier this year, was meant to “protect users” against “exploitative” terms, Engadget reported on Sunday quoting The Wall Street Journal. Pixabay

This essentially forces them to either offer lower rates or bow out entirely.

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Online Lenders Alliance CEO Mary Jackson repeatedly maintained that the companies’ practices were allowed, arguing that the ban hurts “legitimate operators” as well as customers looking for “legal loans”, the report added. (IANS)

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Google Removes ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’ App From Play Store

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh demanded Google to remove '2020 Sikh Referendum' app from [play store

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Google removes this Anti-India app from play store. Pixabay

Acceding to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s demand, IT giant Google has removed the secessionist, anti-India mobile application ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’ from its Play Store, state officials said on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the Chief Minister’s Office said this app was not available any more on Google Play Store for mobile users in India.

The Chief Minister, who had also urged the Central government to persuade Google in the matter, had asked the Director General of Police to coordinate with Central security agencies to tackle the threat resulting from the launch of the app, created by ‘ICETECH’.

The app had asked the general public to register themselves to vote in the ‘Punjab Referendum 2020 Khalistan’.

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The app was removed from Google Play Store and their website was blocked. Pixabay

A website with the address of www.yes2khalistan.org was also launched on the same lines for the same purpose.

The Cyber Crime Centre of the Bureau of Investigation of Punjab had moved to get the app removed from the Google Play Store and the website blocked for usage in India.

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On November 8, a notice under Section 79 (3) B of the Information Technology Act was sent to the Google for removal of the mobile application, added the spokesperson. (IANS)