PUTRAJAYA: The Department of Personal Data Protection (PDPD) has opened investigation documents into six unlicensed money lending apps suspected of misusing personal data.
The six apps are Asialend, Dreamlend, iPayfren, iPinjaman, Helplend4u, and GoCash4u.
PDPD in a statement said today that the investigation documents have been opened under section 5 of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010. [Act 709], with assistance from CyberSecurity Malaysia and the Malaysian Communications Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
If found guilty, all six entities (data users) can be fined up to RM300,000 or imprisoned for up to two years or both.
“All of these online applications were found to have accessed and copied people’s information, including personal information unrelated to loans, without the consent of the borrowers,” the statement said.
Individuals whose personal data has been misused by such unlicensed online money lending apps are urged to contact the Enforcement Division of the PDPD by email at [email protected] my or the personal data protection system (daftar.pdp.gov.my) to facilitate investigations. .
PDPD advises Malaysians to be more careful when applying for loans online, especially when allowing downloaded applications to access information in order to prevent personal data from being misused by irresponsible parties.
Those interested in applying for loans online are advised to check with the Department of Housing and Local Government, Credit Communities Control Division, the registration status of the online money lending application, a indicated the department. -Bernama