The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed restrictions on American Express Banking Corp. and Diners Club International Ltd. from enrolling new domestic customers onto their card networks from May 1, 2021 onwards. The two entities have been found guilty of not complying with RBI’s directions on ‘Storage of Payment System Data’. The RBI however made it clear that the order will not impact existing customers. American Express Banking Corp. and Diners Club International Ltd. are Payment System Operators authorised to operate card networks in the country under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (PSS Act).
The supervisory action has been taken in exercise of powers vested in RBI under Section 17 of the PSS Act, a statement issued by the central bank said.
According to the terms of RBI’s circular on ‘Storage of Payment System Data’ dated April 6, 2018, all payment system providers were directed to ensure that within a period of six months the entire data (including full end-to-end transaction details, information collected, carried, processed as part of the message and 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 (SAR) conducted by a CERT-In empanelled auditor within the timelines specified therein.