Tuesday , January 16, 2018

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Pennsylvania Money-Transmitter Advisory for ISOs, Processors and Banks Sparks Concerns

  A recent Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities’ advisory about potentially requiring independent sales organizations and processors to obtain money-transmitter licenses could pose problems for the payments industry. “It’s the wrong execution of the right idea,” Scott Talbott, senior vice president for government affairs at the Electronic Transactions Association, …

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Chase Unveils Chase Pay, a Mobile Wallet That Will Work at Merchants Accepting CurrentC

JPMorgan Chase & Co. on Monday unveiled its Chase Pay mobile wallet and said the product will begin rolling out in the middle of next year. Chase also said its new wallet will be accepted at merchants belonging to the Merchant Customer Exchange LLC, a retailer-controlled consortium that has been …

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Network Executives Tout EMV Chip Card Progress in Wake of Merchant Liability Shift

Two weeks after what has come to be regarded as the official start date for EMV chip cards in the United States, senior executives with the major card networks gave a largely upbeat progress report to an audience of acquiring-industry owners and managers last Thursday, while acknowledging that much work …

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The Prepaid RushCard Declares a 4-Month Fee Holiday After Processing Glitch

UniRush LLC’s RushCard declared a four-month fee holiday over the weekend after a glitch during the prepaid card’s switch to a new processor that began Oct. 11 limited access to an undisclosed but apparently large number of customers’ accounts. Cincinnati-based UniRush did not identify the processor. The glitch apparently started …

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Banking Kingpin Chase Prepares an ‘Aggressive’ Push for Its Own Digital Wallet

Another 800-pound gorilla will soon be promoting a digital wallet, only this time it’s not a technology firm. It’s JPMorgan Chase & Co., a world leader in payment card issuance and merchant acquiring. “We’re launching our own wallet. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it,” Mike Passilla, chief executive …

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The Double-Edged Sword of Tokenization Helps Issuers But Also Poses a Subtle Threat

By John Stewart The rise of tokenization into a major payments business helps enable enterprises like Apple Pay and Android Pay but could also pose a threat to the financial institutions that have historically issued the majority of the cards consumers use most often. That threat lies in the fact …

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Fraud-Weary Europeans Look Forward to the U.S. EMV Liability Shift

Stolen European payment card numbers and related data are popular imports in the U.S. black market, which is why European bankers, merchants and data-protection executives are looking forward to America’s EMV chip card liability shift that takes effect Thursday. That’s the word from Jeremy King, international director of the Wakefield, …

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Card Manufacturer’s IPO Filing Opens a Window Into the U.S. EMV Conversion

The conversion of U.S. general-purpose payment cards to the EMV chip card standard is providing windfalls for all sorts of card-industry vendors. A new example comes from the big plastic card manufacturer CPI Card Group Inc., which has filed for a possible initial public offering of stock. EMV cards accounted …

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Eye on Security: Visa-Target Settlement; Ashley Madison Hackers Post Payment Data

Visa Inc. has struck a settlement with Target Corp. that would reimburse Visa’s credit and debit card issuers up to $67 million for their expenses related to Target’s massive data breach in late 2013. Meanwhile, hackers who stole data from the Ashley Madison Web site have posted seven years of …

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Looking for Nationwide EMV by October? Don’t Hold Your Breath, Surveys Say

With just 55 days to go, separate studies released this week show that the Oct. 1 target date for the U.S. to adopt the EMV chip card standard is looking more and more like a psychological deadline than a real one. Both merchants and credit and debit card issuers are …

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