WhatsApp still hasn’t provided a timeline for data localisation

RBI’s  localisation policy last year, to ensure that all the related to payments system be stored in a server located only in India, has ruffled a lot of feathers with the online payment service providers. One of them is , which last year released a UPI-payment system within its native . The RBI has now said that is not in compliance with RBI’s localisation laws.

WhatsApp still hasnt provided a timeline for data localisation says RBI

The WhatsApp payment feature called WhatsApp Pay has been in a beta mode since last year and has been restricted to only 1 in the country. This also is the first time RBI has made an official statement regarding WhatsApp’s payment system.

As per a report by ETtech, an NGO called Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change has filed a petition, which challenges WhatsApp’s compliance standards.

The RBI’s response to the petition read, “As informed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on November 16, 2018, and February 5, 2019, WhatsApp is non-compliant with the RBI circular (on data localisation)”.

The petition also said that WhatsApp has not paid local taxes while making use of NPCI’s UPI service.

India being WhatsApp’s largest market with 200 million active users, would have to act quickly with a if it plans on a full-scale roll-out of its payment service.

Last year in October WhatsApp had agreed to fall in line with the RBI demand to critical financial data in local data centers

In November 2018, WhatsApp’s global CEO Chris Daniels had written to the RBI seeking permission for a full-scale rollout of the feature. Apparently, other than WhatsApp, other major players in the market that use NPCI’s UPI network had already shared their timeline on when they will begin to store their data locally in India.

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