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Is Google Pay safe to use in India?

Google Pay on Wednesday said all exchanges made through its platform are completely secured by redressal forms spread out in the rules given by the Reserve Bank of India and the National Payments Corporation of India.

The announcement comes against the background of web-based social networking buzz that gives that may emerge while moving cash through Google Pay can’t be redressed under law as the application is unauthorized.

“Some quotes on social media, wrongly attributed to the RBI, claim that issues arising while transferring money through Google Pay are not protected by the law, since the app is unauthorised. This is incorrect and can be verified on NPCI’s website,” a Google spokesperson said.

According to the spokesperson, RBI has not said that the Google Pay app is unauthorized or not legally compliant in its court hearing or in its written response to the Delhi High Court.

Earlier this month, RBI told the Delhi High Court that Google Pay is a third party app provider and does not operate any payment systems.

Therefore, its operations are not in violation of the Payment and Settlement System Act of 2007, RBI had told a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan.

“Google Pay operates completely within the law. Google Pay works as a technology service provider to partner banks, to allow payments via UPI (Unified Payments Interface). UPI apps in the country are categorised as ‘third party apps’, and are not required to be ‘payment systems operators’,” the Google spokesperson said.

The spokesperson noted that all transactions made via Google Pay are fully protected by redressal processes laid out by applicable guidelines.

“All transactions made via Google Pay are fully protected by redressal processes laid out by applicable guidelines of the RBI/ NPCI, and users can reach out for any help 24/7, through Google Pay customer care,” the spokesperson said.

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