Breach of privacy or compliance of law: Internet divided over Razorpay sharing donor data
The AltNews donor data shared with police reportedly contains crucial information like address, name, bank and PAN details of the donors
In a recent turn of events, digital payment gateway service provider Razorpay attracted the ire of twitterati as it handed over user data of donors of AltNews to the police – pertaining to the alleged case of the latter receiving funds from foreign sources. Razorpay took to Twitter to announce its stance on the whole matter, on Tuesday stating that the company is “abiding and compliant with all necessary laws and regulations of India.”
Our statement regarding Alt News pic.twitter.com/ckzL0PfGry— Razorpay (@Razorpay) July 5, 2022
The netizens did not take well to the “breach of privacy” and showed their concerns about future transactions with Razorpay.
"Razorpay handed over AltNews donor data to the police"? Was there a court order that led to Razorpay complying to the ask from police?— Karthik ?? (@beastoftraal) July 5, 2022
I wish we, the Indian public, can similarly get details on the money received by political parties via electoral bonds and other methods. https://t.co/HS3VJ4HkOS
To investigate the charge under FCRA, all the police needed to check was whether any foreign contribution was received or not. Seizing details of all donors is unnecessary, illegal. #Razorpay— Mani Chander (@ManiChander11) July 5, 2022
This is what happens when a country doesn't have any days privacy laws. #Razorpay simply handed over user data just like that without any regard for user privacy. Shame @Razorpay https://t.co/zPd7npSYxD— Rorschach (@rorschachmann) July 5, 2022
Albeit, some stood in the support of Razorpay as well, saying that the company only abided by the law and can’t be punished for that.
For those who are saying #Razorpay handled data, how else do u want police to solve cases?— Sunny Nehra (@sunnynehrabro) July 5, 2022
In fact if some financial fraud happens, the victim asks police to get data from payment gateway ASAP to catch the culprit.
And under Section 91 of CrPC they are supposed to provide that.
People expect a leading fintech company to not disclose transaction data on request of authorities which can prove to be critical evidence against perpetrator. If they haven't taken funds from wrong sources why are they worried. #Razorpay— Kovid Mehta (@KovidMehta4) July 5, 2022
What @Razorpay did was what they had to do to comply with the laws of the Indian constitution.— Subhojoy Pal (@grumpygauss) July 5, 2022
If they hadn't complied, this same fellow @ajay43 would have tweeted critiquing #Razorpay for their rogue behaviour.
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