RBI imposed restrictions on Mastercard from onboarding new customers

RBI also instructed Mastercard to advise all card-issuing banks and non-banks to conform to the directions

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday imposed restrictions on Mastercard from onboarding new domestic customers (debit, credit, or prepaid) onto its network from July 22 for non-compliance with ‘directions on Storage of Payment System Data’.

As per an official statement, RBI said the new order will not impact existing customers of Mastercard. Informing about the supervisory action on Mastercard Asia/Pacific Pte. Ltd, RBI said, “Notwithstanding the lapse of considerable time and adequate opportunities being given, the entity has been found to be non-compliant with the directions on Storage of Payment System Data.”

RBI also instructed Mastercard to advise all card-issuing banks and non-banks to conform to the directions.
“The supervisory action has been taken in exercise of powers vested in RBI under Section 17 of the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (PSS Act),” RBI said.

Notably, Mastercard is a Payment System Operator authorized to operate a Card Network in the country under the PSS Act.

In terms of the RBI circular on Storage of Payment System Data dated April 6, 2018, all system providers were directed to ensure that within a period of six months the entire data (full end-to-end transaction details/information collected/carried/processed as part of the message/payment instruction) relating to payment systems operated by them is stored in a system only in India.

They were also required to report compliance to RBI and submit a board-approved System Audit Report conducted by a CERT-In impaneled auditor within the timelines specified therein. 

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