Reserve Bank of India Mastercard Asia/Pacific Pte. Ltd (MasterCard) from adding new domestic customers to its card network with effect from 22 July 2021. The RBI has taken this decision in view that the Mastercard payment system is not complying with the storage of data. A Reserve Bank of India release stated that Mastercard Asia/Pacific Pte. Ltd. has been banned from adding new domestic customers (debit, credit or prepaid) to its card network with effect from 22 July 2021.
It further states that despite being given sufficient time and opportunity, it has been found that the instructions for storage of data in the payment system of MasterCard were not being complied with.
No effect on existing card users
The Reserve Bank has said that its order will not affect existing customers of Mastercard. RBI also said that MasterCard should advise all card issuing banks and non-banking companies to act in accordance with its instructions. The statement further said that the supervisory action has been taken in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 17 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (PSS Act) of the RBI. Mastercard is a payment system operator authorized to operate the card network in the country under the PSS Act.
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Through RBI’s circular on storage of payment system data dated 6 April 2018, all system providers were directed to ensure within six months that complete data on payment systems operated by them are stored in systems existing in India only. It’s the same store. They also had to inform the RBI of compliance. They were also to submit a board approved system audit report by the auditors listed in the CERT-In within the given time frame.
(Story: Rajeev Kumar)