14 Apps Taken Down by Google as per NADRA’s Request

Google has taken serious action against 14 applications and has taken them down from its app store at the request of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), for stealing the personal information of Pakistani citizens.

NADRA was officially approached by the Alphabet-owned US tech company to talk about this matter. Dawn recently viewed certain documents and according to their perspective, the authority brought this topic into the cpnsoddstion of Scott Beaumont, Google’s president for Asia Pacific, Hiang Choong, the legal head for the region, and the Vice president of customer solutions, Stephanie Davis.

The letter that was addressed to Google was titled “Breach of Personal Data of Residents and their Privacy by Application Providers on Google Play Store”, and highlighted the issue, mentioning it as “important and urgent”.

It was stated in the letter, “The issue involving the personal data of residents of Pakistan, which is being illegally sold and/or shared by various applications (apps) hosted on your platform and available on Google Play Store.”

It was further mentioned in the letter that, “All such apps are immediately taken down from Google Play Store and to curb such illegal activities of sharing and selling NADRA’s proprietary, sensitive information, which could have serious security implications for Pakistan, as well breaching the privacy of residents, publishing, promoting of such apps using NADRA’s name or log should not be allowed in future.”