Everyone knows about TrueCaller – at least, almost everyone (we all love how the name of the caller pops up the screen) but what they’re not aware of, is that the app is not entirely transparent.

Apps sometimes steal some of your private personal data,

and that’s as bad as it sounds.

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In this post, I will be highlighting the reasons why telecommunication bodies in Nigeria think TrueCaller is stealing your data.

Findings did show that TrueCaller’s Privacy Policy isn’t complying with global data protection laws as well as Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR)

There are areas in the Privacy Policy that are clearly invasive of the privacy of the users,

and according to NITDA (National Information Technology Development Agency),

this could open up Nigerians to unsavory conditions.

The agency has urged Nigerians to exclude themselves from TrueCaller program, taking advantage of Article 4 of the same Privacy Policy.

It says

if any persons do not wish to have their names and phone numbers made available through the Enhanced Search or Name Search functionalities, they can exclude themselves from further queries by notifying TrueCaller via its website at www.trucaller.com or as set forth in the contact details…

It’s as serious as it sounds,

and I’d recommend that you uninstall the app and delist yourself from TrueCaller services completely.

NITDA felt the need to sensitize people about the app because as it stands,

there are over 7 million Nigerians actively using the service.

Conclusion on Truecaller

For those who don’t know it,

Truecaller is an app that allows you to identify,

block and record calls.

It uses the internet to render these services and would require that you input your cellular mobile number.

I recommend that you hold off downloading TrueCaller (or other similar apps like that) for now.

Maybe if they update their Privacy Policy,

you could hop on in, but for now,

if you do,

you just might be opening your private data up to them.