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Indian court calls for the central bank, in order to check if WhatsApp is able to, in accordance with the local rules of the data

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s supreme court, the central bank of the six-weeks report, the question of whether WhatsApp was satisfied with the information about the localization standards such as the Facebook-owned messenger is preparing for the launch of the service, payments are made in the country, a person who is involved in the case said.

FILE PHOTO: The-WhatsApp, the messaging application is displayed on a display screen of the phone by the 3rd of August 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/File Photo

There’s the test of a peer-to-peer-payments-for more than a year in India, its biggest market by users, and the local data storage standards, and have delayed an official launch.

For foreign payments, the companies were caught off guard last year by the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) directive which said that all the payment information should be stored only in India” for a “barrier-free council, of the entry”. [nL4N1U74H2]

In June, it was clarified that the rules for international transactions, businesses can process transactions is made in India out of the country, as well as the associated data needs to be brought back to local store within 24 hours. [nL4N23X32U]

WhatsApp will be faced with an additional obstacle, as the Delhi-based think-tank, the Centre For Accountability And Systemic Change, as alleged in a petition to the Supreme court last year that the company was not compliant with payment data localization rules and regulations.

It is in connection with this petition, the supreme court has now asked the RBI to file a reply.

WhatsApp does not immediately respond to a request for comment, while the Reserve Bank of India, declined to comment.

Last week, WhatsApp’s global head of it Will Cathcart said, WhatsApp was already set to roll out its payment service to India in this year, and that it was in accordance with the information of the location of standards. [nL4N24R24A] [nL4N1WP2FQ]

On Friday, the Supreme Court has asked the federal government to make it clear, within the next six weeks, the positions on the question of whether the business the complaint to an officer, it would have to be based in India, it depends on the person.

There’s a California-based complaint officer who is responsible for India-related topics. Current Indian regulations do not mandate a tech company executive stationed in the country, as a rule, the government wants to change that.

The country’s technology minister has said in parliament that New Delhi was seriously considering that, social media companies need to up their offensive to an officer in India.

WhatsApp is said to be the work of a complaints officer, based in India.

Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; additional reporting by Swati Bhatt; Editing by Euan Rocha and Himani sarkar

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