Google removed 14 apps from its app store after the National Database and Registration Authority requested it. The apps were accused of collecting personal information (Nadra).
Nadra has discussed the situation with Hiang Choong, the region’s senior attorney, Scott Beaumont, Google’s president for Asia Pacific, and Stephanie Davis, vice president for customer solutions.
Pakistani officials judged the situation significant since it involves the illegal sale of personal information about its residents via multiple Google Play Store applications.
It claimed that the apps were “illegally and deceptively” using Nadra’s brand and products to pose as Nadra, deceive consumers into thinking they were linked with the company or authorised to use their services, and establish an unfair reputation for their products.
Noting that Google’s impersonation policy prohibits users from impersonating others, Nadra informed Google that certain apps are impersonating Nadra or implying they are authorised to provide Nadra products and services to their users and have obtained personal information from Pakistani residents.