SC issues notice on the plea seeking data protection for UPI users
15 oct 2020
On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a notice to RBI and the Union government in a Public Interest Litigation, which was filed by MP Binoy Viswam seeking controls to protect the data of Indian citizens collected by the Unified Payments Interface.
Notices were issued to the Centre, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and WhatsApp in the plea by a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India S A Bobde. The Respondents, Reserve Bank of India, and National Payments Corporation of India, who regulate and supervise the UPI system in India, raised objections stating that issuance of notice by the Court would prevent them from functioning and would act as a stay.
In September, the Communist Party of India (CPI) MP Binoy Viswam filed the writ petition stating that the foreign entities were allowed to work in violation of the right to privacy of millions of Indians.