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Parliament panel to review security of digital payment gateways

Parliament’s standing committee of Information technology will meet here next week to review the security system of digital payment gateways, which received a big push after government decided in November 8 to demonetise high value currency notes.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2016 09:28 IST
Kumar Uttam
Kumar Uttam
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Concerns have been raised about security of data on digital payment platforms, following limited availability of currency notes. (Shutterstock)

New Delhi: Parliament’s standing committee of information technology will meet here next week to review the security of digital payment gateways, which have received a big push after the government’s decision to demonetise high-value currency notes.

Concerns have been raised about the security of data on such platforms, with people turning to digital modes of payments due to the cash crunch.

Officials from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and the IT ministries have been invited for a discussion at the standing committee meeting on January 5.

“We need to look into the checks and balances that are in place. We need to see if risks of digital payments have been adequately addressed,” a member of the panel told HT.

The Prime Minister had sought time of 50 days -- which ends on December 30 -- to restore normalcy after demonetisation. In the meantime, the government has been encouraging digital, cashless transactions, which it feels will deliver long-term gains in the form of greater revenue for the government and curbing black money.

However, fraudulent withdrawal of money from accounts and misuse of payment gateways such as PayTM has set alarm bells ringing.

Some members of the committee are worried that these payment gateways may not have enough adequately prepared for the demonetisation decision and have exposed them self and customers to the risk of data misuse.

First Published: Dec 26, 2016 19:12 IST