RBI imposes restrictions on American Express and Diners Club

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed restrictions on American Express Banking Corp and Diners Club International Ltd from onboarding new domestic customers onto their card networks from May 1, 2021.

These entities have been found non-compliant with the directions on storage of payment system data, said an RBI statement. It added 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.

In terms of RBI 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 relating to payment systems operated by them is stored in a system only in India.

They were also required to report compliance to the RBI and submit a Board-approved System Audit Report (SAR) conducted by a CERT-In empaneled auditor within the timelines specified therein.

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