The Supreme Court on Friday asked the RBI to apply for presenting it as a party in a case seeking US-based Whatsapp directives to follow the data localization norms to provide payment service in India. Answer for The bench of Justice RF Nariman and Vineet Saran issued a notice to the RBI on an implied application by the NGO, Center for Accountability and Systemic Change (CASC), which filed a petition in the court claiming that whispered is not fully compliant with the central The circular of the bank that determines the data localization norms

The norm is related to the storage of payment related data within India, which has 200 million WhatsApp users.

The bench said, "issue notice on the application for the extradition of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)."

On January 14, the apex court allowed the lawyer appearing on behalf of the petitioner, Virag Gupta, to file an application to the RBI to be charged as a party in the case.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, present at the Center, had also told the court that there was a need to make the RBI party in case of localization of the data.

In its petition, the NGO has instructed the immediate messaging platform to stop it from proceeding with its payment service until it does not fully comply with RBI's provisions.

The Center and Whatsapp had earlier told the court that a complaint officer for India has been appointed by the Instant Messaging Service Company.

However, the NGO has claimed that the complaint officer has been appointed in the United States, which is "against the predecessor and sovereignty of India".

In its petition, NGO has mentioned the IT (Interim) Rules 2011 and IT (Proper Security Practices and Procedures and Sensitive Personal Data or Information) Rule 2011, in which the provision for appointment of the complaining officer has been made.

It has also stated in its affidavit that it would be a contradiction if the data localization norms have been set in India, but the companies are allowed to keep data officers in the United States.

On August 27 last year, the apex court had agreed to investigate the plea that it was alleged that WhatsApp does not comply with Indian laws, including the provision to appoint a complaining officer.

Whatsapp reportedly has more than 200 million users in India and nearly one million people are "testing" its payment service. India is the biggest base of the company owned by Facebook, which has more than 1.5 billion users globally.

CASC said in its plea that in order to open a bank account, the customer will have to comply with the KYC norms and various other formalities as determined by RBI.

"Whatsapp is a foreign company with no office or server in India." To run a payment service in India, Whatsapp is obliged to pay for its office and payment in India, "he said.

It is said in the petition that besides this, it is also necessary for users in India to have a complaint officer. However, it is being allowed to continue with its payments and other services without any checks.

The petition also alleged that the social media giant does not comply with India's tax and other laws, but its access was such that everyone uses it, whether it is common or the judge of the top court.

It states that every user has a number on WhatsApp, but there is no number near the messaging platform, through which its user can contact for any grievance redressal.

Pointing to the alleged cases of Internet-based crimes, it has been claimed that the development of such incidents was proportional to the development of user base of messaging services like WhatsApp.

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