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E-commerce platform Paytm will enable 5 Million merchants to leapfrog to Digital payments in 2017

The team is conducting sessions and workshops across schools, colleges, village panchayats and trade bodies

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New Delhi, December 27, 2016: Announcing that it will enable five million merchants to leapfrog to digital payments in 2017, mobile payment and e-commerce platform Paytm on Tuesday launched an array of new features to enhance security and increase usability both for consumers and merchants.

The company has also started working upstream with distribution networks in order to enable merchants who accept Paytm do business with their suppliers as well.

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“While our field teams work on educating and onboarding merchants to accept Paytm, we understand that it is a need for our retailers to also be able to pay their suppliers digitally and we are working towards that,” said Sudhanshu Gupta, Vice President, Paytm, in a statement.

In the last 45 days, Paytm has introduced several new features to enable every Indian accept and pay using Paytm. The app is now available in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya and Punjabi.

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To provide additional safety to the users, Paytm launched an ‘App Password’ feature on Android, wherein users can set a secure pin, password, pattern or fingerprint as a means to ensure money stored in the Paytm wallet remains safe even if the owner’s phone is lost or misplaced.

The company has also introduced a toll-free number to enable feature phone and non-internet users to go cashless with Paytm.

Earlier this week, Paytm announced a 100-member ‘merchant helpdesk’, saying that it will invest Rs 50 crore towards educating merchants on digital payments across the country.

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Paytm is also setting up awareness camps in various districts to help the country go cashless.

The team is conducting sessions and workshops across schools, colleges, village panchayats and trade bodies to serve the dual purpose of informing customers about the benefits of digital payments and tap into the widest set of merchants across the country. (IANS)

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Paytm Refutes Reports of Sharing Indian Users’ Data With Third Parties

Paytm reiterated that their policy allows only legally compliant data requests from the "law of the land" to get access to data for necessary investigations

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Digital wallet payment company Paytm on Saturday refuted media reports that it has shared user data to third parties, saying that the data of its 300 million registered users is safe in India.

“There is a video going around on social media and it falsely claims that we shared some data with 3rd parties. Nothing can be further from the truth,” the company wrote in a blog post.

“We never share your data with anyone: any company/ any government or any country. At Paytm, your data is yours. Not ours, or of a third party, or of the government.”

Paytm reiterated that their policy allows only legally compliant data requests from the “law of the land” to get access to data for necessary investigations.

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“You can be sure that no data is shared with anyone whom you would not have given us permission to share it with. This is the holy grail of trust between us.

“Any person claiming otherwise is not aware of the policy and is not authorised to speak on behalf of the company,” the company said. (IANS)