Delhi High Court Issues Notice On Plea Seeking Action Against Google Pay’s Alleged Unauthorized Use & Storage Of Users’ Aadhar Details
[15 September 2021]
The Delhi High Court issued notices on a Public Interest Litigation, seeking action against Google Pay allegedly for having unauthorized access and storage of the Aadhar and banking information of the citizens. A Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh was hearing the plea filed by one Abhijit Mishra, which alleges that Google Pay, a united payment interface for all banks, violates Article 21 of the Constitution of India, Aadhar Act 2016, Payments and Settlement Systems Act 2007, and Banking Regulations Act 1949. Filed through Advocate Payal Bahl, the petitioner alleges that Google Pay is not registered or licensed under the aegis of the Payments and Settlement Systems Act 2007 to conduct the business of payments and transactions. It further states that as per the information received from the Reserve Bank of India, Google Pay is also not registered/licensed as a Bank / Co-Operative Bank / Financial Institution / Non-Banking Finance Company under the aegis of the Banking Regulations Act 1949 to conduct the business of payments and processing the transactions.