National Privacy Commission summons 67 online lenders to explain alleged data privacy breach

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4)— The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Friday issued summons to 67 unlisted companies that operate online lending applications.

The NPC said that they have received several data privacy complaints about these companies.

"In an Order for Summary Hearing published in three newspapers of general circulation, the NPC is ordering the board of directors behind the lending apps to appear before the Commission to attend a summary hearing, submit their Responsive Comment, and present their defense," the NPC said in a statement.

The NPC added that these operators do not have known company names or business addresses.

"Our investigators are aware that some of these online lending apps are just existing in the cloud. With the defendants being unknown, summons by publication is needed in order to comply with the rules on acquiring jurisdiction and the principle of due process," said Privacy Commissioner Raymund Enriquez Liboro in the statement.

The complaints against these online lending apps include allegedly accessing and using the contacts of their victims without their consent through their mobile phones. Using this data, the lenders allegedly tell their contact list that they were named as co-makers or character references from the victims.

Some report, the NPC added, alleged that the lenders asked these phone contacts to settle loans on behalf of their victim. Some online lenders have also posted their victims' personal information on social media sites without their consent.

The following are the companies summoned by the NPC:

1. Akulaku

2. Batis Loan

3. Cash bus

4. Cash flyer

5. Cash loan

6. Cash moto

7. Cash to go

8. Cash warm

9. Cashafin

10. Cashaku

11. Cashalo

12. Cashaso

13. Cashmoney loan

14. Cashope

15. Cashwhale

16. Crazy Loan

17. Credit coin

18. Credit peso

19. Crutchpil

20. First lending

21. Flash cash

22. Happy cash

23. Hello papaya

24. JK Quick Cash Lending

25. Kwago

26. Lalapeso (Mintwagon Lending Corp)

27. Lending cash

28. Light credit

29. Loan champ

30. Loan motto

31. Loan wallet

32. Mabilis cash

33. Mango cash

34. Mango loan

35. Mcmpire

36. Megaloan

37. MF cash (Microdot Lending Corporation)

38. Moola lending

39. One cash

40. Online loans Pilipinas

41. Pautang peso

42. Pera advance

43. Pera express

44. Pera lending

45. Pera Pocket (Rainbow Cash)

46. Pera4u

47. Peso legend

48. Peso lending

49. Peso now

50. Peso online

51. Peso Q

52. Peso to Go

53. Peso tree

54. Peso wallet

55. Peso.ph

56. Peso2go

57. Pesomine

58. Pesos ph

59. Pesos.ph

60. Pinoy cash

61. Pinoy peso

62. Pondo pocket

63. QCash

64. Sell loan

65. Super cash

66. Super peso

67. Utang pesos

The NPC has previously asked online three lending companies to explain the data privacy complaints the commission has received against them. These companies are Fast Cash Global Lending, Inc., Fynamics Lending Inc., and Unipeso Lending Company, Inc.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is also cracking down on alleged abusive online lenders that have registered with them.

To date, the SEC has issued cease and desist orders against the following lenders: Binixo, Cash 100, CashBus, Cashcat, Cash Whale, Cashafin, CashFlyer, CashMaya, Cashope, Cashuttle, Cashwarm, Cashwow, Crazy Loan, Creditpeso, ET Easy Loan,Flash Cash, Happy2Peso, Hatulong, Instant Pera, Lendmo Philippines, MeLoan, MoneyTree Quick Loan, Pera Express, Pera4u, Peramart, PesoLending, Peso2Go, QuickPera, QuickPeso and Umbrella.

In an interview on CNN Philippines Business Roundup, SEC Commissioner Kelvin Lee said that the commission is looking into shutting down eight more online lending apps.

The SEC is also investigating 64 more companies for alleged illegal lending practices.

READ: SEC to shut down eight more online lending apps