FCCPC frowns at Google over inability to trace Credit Operators’ Unethical Practices

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The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) say it is holding Google Play Store responsible for the inability to trace the owners of some online lenders over violation of consumer rights.

FCCPC Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Babatunde Irukera, said this at a collaborative engagement with journalists on in Lagos lagos, while speaking on the “State of the Market” and what lies ahead.

He considered the development as a potential threat to key national interests. According to him, once Google uses its play store as a platform for that kind of app to operate, there is a problem.

Irukera said: “No company, no matter what benefit they bring should have that prerogative or opportunity of being that anonymous.

“And that is the problem we are dealing with. So, we must hold the big ones who are making a tonne of money from our citizens responsible.

“If we can hold them responsible and they become liable for that kind of conduct, then we can cascade down and we can talk to Instagram that if anyone is going to sell stuff on your platform, there must be certain information that must be available.

“You cannot provide those platforms, make your money and look the other way while people who come on that platform exploit people and people are stuck.

“There has to be a level ground for everyone. In the absence of that, even your business itself is exploitation. If you are not the exploiter, you are at least ceding the platform to exploiters to exploit people.”

According to him, it is easier to hold Google responsible for those individuals behind the online money lenders.

He said the commission might need to work with law enforcement in the United States, to get them come up with the information needed to get those behind the digital lenders.

Irukera said, “We have our counterparts there and we will use our counterparts to say to Google that you are not welcome in this country if we cannot find you; that a regulator cannot engage you when your platform is used to exploit people.