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UPDATE 1-Brazil central bank suspends Visa and Mastercard operating Whatsapp digital payments

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UPDATE 1-Brazil central bank suspends Visa and Mastercard operating Whatsapp digital payments

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BRASILIA, June 23 (Reuters) – Brazil’s central bank effectively suspended recently launched Whastsapp digital payments, ruling that Visa and Mastercard must suspend payments and transfers on Facebook’s WhatsApp in the country, according to a statement.

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In the statement, the central bank said operations without previous analysis by the monetary authority could damage the Brazilian payments system, including on competition, efficiency and data privacy.

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If Visa and Mastercard do not comply with the order, they would be subject to fines and administrative sanctions, the statement said.

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Facebook, Mastercard and Visa did not immediately reply to requests for comment

Reporting by Isabel Versiani; writing by Jake Spring; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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