Monday , July 16, 2018

Debit Cards

COMMENTARY: Consumers Want Less Friction AND More Security. Can You Do That?

The new era of data breaches and privacy failures has had far-reaching effects. Personal information is packaged, sold, and distributed on the dark Web, leaving consumers feeling uneasy. Americans want to be protected, but also want convenience, and are holding businesses to high standards, even higher than what they hold …

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Ethiopian Airlines Adopts a Platform From Carrier-Payment Specialist Cellpoint Mobile

Ethiopian Airlines, which flew more than 8.7 million passengers in 2017, will use the Cellpoint Mobile payment platform across its domestic and international operations for tickets and related transactions, Miami-based Cellpoint Mobile announced Sunday. In addition to common payment acceptance, the deal also will enable Ethiopian Airlines, which flies 100 …

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Despite Growth in Mobile and Online Payments, Longstanding Payment Patterns Persist

The latest findings from a long-running survey of consumers’ payment choices show that new technology is driving a growing number of transactions, but overall usage patterns for credit cards, debit cards, and cash remain stable. The simultaneously released 2016 and 2017 Surveys of Consumer Payment Choice from the Federal Reserve …

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COMMENTARY: Consumers Deserve Better Retail Protections

The cybersecurity firm Gemini Advisory recently announced a large-scale data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue and its sister company Lord & Taylor, compromising 5 million credit cards. While the forensic investigation is still under way, it appears that the breach was likely caused by malware on the parent company’s point-of-sale …

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Equifax Agrees to Operational Changes in Its Data-Breach Agreement With Eight States

Equifax Inc. disclosed Wednesday that it has entered into a consent order with eight states that requires it to improve its data-protection practices in the wake of the huge data breach last year at the national credit-reporting agency. The breach compromised personal data on approximately 148 million consumers, including Social …

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Account Takeovers And Digital-Goods Fraud Attacks Show No Signs of Abating

Merchants selling digital goods were dealt a heavy blow last year as the fraud rate for the category soared 167%, finds the Fraud Attack Index from online-fraud prevention specialist Forter and the Merchant Risk Council, a merchant group that addresses fraud prevention. Released Tuesday, the index also found that account …

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TrustCommerce Announces an Integration and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 6/27/18

Captiva MVP Restaurant Partners LLC, operator of the PDQ fast-casual chain, reported that a hacker accessed its computer system through a technology vendor’s “remote connection tool” and may have compromised an undisclosed quantity of payment card numbers, cardholder names, expiration dates, and verification values. The breach, which affected all but three …

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Venmo’s New Debit Card Is About More Than Cashing in on Interchange Fees

While the opportunity to earn interchange on transactions made on its new Venmo debit card seemingly answers the oft-asked question of how PayPal Holdings Inc. plans to leverage its free peer-to-peer payment service, the full answer runs much deeper. Interchange is only one piece of the puzzle. A much larger …

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A Divided Supreme Court Upholds AmEx’s Anti-Steering Rules

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that American Express Co.’s anti-steering rules for merchants do not violate federal antitrust law. The conservative majority’s decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, caps a case that dates back to 2010 and involves merchants who wanted to steer merchants to …

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Worldnet TPS Completes Apple Pay Certification and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 6/25/18

VyStar Credit Union joined the Cardtronics plc network, enabling its members to have fee-free access at more than 20,000 Cardtronics ATMs. ATM operator Prineta LLC said it is the new ATM vendor at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Payments provider Worldnet TPS Ltd. said it has completed …

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