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Fears arise as WhatsApp plans Pay feature in India

Fears arise as WhatsApp plans Pay feature in India

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 July 2019 7:44 AM GMT

New Delhi: As Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced launching its Payments service in India later this year, the fears of data privacy came back to the fore, with the government reportedly asking the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to ensure that users’ data are not shared.

The NPCI is an umbrella organization for all retail payments in India.

The RBI guidelines say that all digital payment firms such as WhatsApp, Google Pay and others must store data locally for their businesses in the country. WhatsApp has said it is ready with its data localisation plans for its Pay service. “In response to India’s payments data circular, we’ve built a system that stores payments-related data locally in India,” a WhatsApp spokesperson had told IANS.

WhatsApp Global Head Will Cathcart on Thursday said its peer-to-peer, UPI-based Pay service for over 300 million users – especially the small and medium businesses (SMBs) – will arrive in India sometimes later this year.

The country’s largest digital payments wallet Paytm which will take the biggest hit refused to comment on the development on Friday.

However, Paytm which last reported 230 million users in India had made it clear that all payments data of the Indian users must be processed and stored only within the country and must not be allowed to go out of the country, not even for processing. (IANS)

Also Read: WhatsApp Pay coming to India later this year

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