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Concerns over user data and ‘other issues’ delay WhatsApp Pay rollout: Report

The Indian government is delaying WhatsApp’s plan to launch its digital payment service owing to concerns over how the Facebook owned company will store user data and ‘other issues’, Bloomberg reports. According to Bloomberg, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has asked WhatsApp and its partner banks to provide more details about the payments system, said officials in the ministry who wished to remain anonymous. Furthermore, the ministry also asked the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to check whether WhatsApp is fully compliant with its requirements, the report said. RBI directive delays plans The service, which was said to be in a pilot phase since February, was originally scheduled to launch in the country in March. According to the Bloomberg report, nearly a million people participated in WhatsApp’s payment service beta phase in the country. However, privacy…

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