WhatsApp Pay has complied with the five pending data localisation parameters that were needed before it could launch its payment services in the country, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has told the the Reserve Bank of India.
“WhatsApp has satisfied the data localisation requirement based on the CERT-In auditor’s report and we hereby are giving ICICI Bank (PSP bank for WhatsApp) the approval to go live,” NPCI said in a letter dated June 5.
Based on the letter, the central bank filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court last week saying, “NPCI had stated that as WhatsApp has fully complied with the requirements” of the data localisation circular of the RBI dated April 6, 2018, it was giving ICICI Bank approval for WhatsApp to go live on the UPI.
This affidavit was filed on a plea by think tank Centre for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC). The Court is expected to give a date for hearing and take a final decision on the matter. NPCI declined to comment.
A WhatsApp spokesperson said: “We understand that NPCI is satisfied with WhatsApp’s compliance of the Reserve Bank of India’s payments guidelines on data localisation. Our team has worked hard to meet these standards over the last year.” The person added, we are excited to provide payments to all of our users in India soon.