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WhatsApp’s Data Mirroring Initiative Is Not Enough To Comply With RBI Rule: NPCI

WhatsApp’s Data Mirroring Initiative Is Not Enough To Comply With RBI Rule: NPCI

NPCI official said that WhatsApp did not mention if the data will be stored only in India or will be kept overseas too

The NPCI viewpoint came after the platform announced to have build a system to store user data in India

The RBI rule had clearly mentioned that payment companies to keep data only in local servers

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has reportedly said that the WhatsApp move of mirroring data will not be enough to comply with the rules. The NPCI view point came in after Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp had said that it has build a system to store user’s payment data locally within the country in compliance with RBI rule.

NPCI is said to be believed that the company did announce to set up systems to store data locally however it did not clearly mention if the user payments data will be stored “only” in India or will it be kept overseas as well.

According to the RBI rule which was issued in April this year, all the digital payment companies were mandated to store all user related data only in the Indian servers so as to secure the data during security breaches.

Ongoing Trouble Tale Of WhatsApp Pay

WhatsApp which is a popular messaging services app and counts more than 200 Mn users in India has been on unstable grounds regarding the launch of its digital payment arm in India as the government had ruled that it cannot do so until it sets up an office and recruits a team in India

Following this, WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels had reportedly held talks with Telangana IT minister K T Rama Rao (KTR) regarding setting up an office in Hyderabad during his visit to India.

While a group of global payment companies such as Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal, had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to request on extending the deadline of data localisation, WhatsApp had last week, announced its data localisation software in a hope to get approval.

However, it received a setback again as its initiative did not completely meet the RBI guidelines.

Along with the issue regarding compliance with the data localisation issue, the platform is also facing major setbacks in India on the front of spread of fake news as the Ministry of electronic and IT (MeitY) is reiterating its demand for building a technical solution to stop spread of fake news.

[The development was reported by ET]

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Shreya Ganguly

Inc42 Staff
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Hailing from Kolkata, Shreya is looking at journalism as a learning opportunity. She can be reached at [email protected]

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