Monday , December 10, 2018

Law and Regulation

Surcharging and Cash-Discount Programs Continue To Attract ISOs

Surcharges and discounts for cash aren’t brand-new pricing tactics, but interest in them by independent sales organizations is rising because of falling legal barriers and the potential profits. Repeated sessions about the topic were packed Thursday at the Western States Acquirers Association annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The presenter was Ryan …

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Adyen Touts Its 3-D Secure 2.0 Service As “First” to Market

The first commercial implementation of 3-D Secure 2.0, an online fraud-prevention tool, appears to be here. Processor Adyen N.V. announced Friday the launch of its 3DS 2.0 service, claiming it is the first to be available to merchants. 3-D Secure 2.0 is an EMVCo-maintained standard that aims to curb online …

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3.1 Million Merchants Accept Chip Cards and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/29/18

In its latest update about the U.S. conversion from magnetic-stripe to EMV chip cards, Visa Inc. said more than 3.1 million merchant locations accepted chip cards as of June versus only 392,000 in September 2015. The number of Visa chip cards increased 214% in that time to 499.7 million. Some …

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An Activist Social Network Alleges PayPal Is Still Processing for Supremacist Groups

Reacting to violent clashes a year ago in Charlottesville, Va., between white supremacist groups and counter demonstrators, several major payment systems shut down access for supremacist organizations that used the systems to process donations. But now a social network devoted to activist causes says PayPal Holdings Inc. is still processing …

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Why the Electronic Transactions Association Is Focusing on Canada

In response to Canada’s moves to introduce further regulation of its payments industry, the Washington, D.C.-based Electronic Transactions Association said this week it is “expanding” its advocacy effort into that country. So far, the ETA’s effort includes hiring a lobbyist to represent the interests of Canadian payments companies and U.S. …

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Canada’s Credit Card Interchange Is Going Down, But Will It Make Much of a Difference?

The Department of Finance Canada on Thursday issued its latest merchant-friendly announcement regarding payment cards, this one disclosing agreements with Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. for an average 10-basis-point reduction in credit card interchange for small and mid-size businesses to take effect in 2020. The department also said American Express …

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Fintech Firms Can Now Apply for National Bank Charters As the OCC Opens the Door

Financial technology firms, many of which command significant positions in the payments business, can now apply to become national banks. Moving on a proposal it’s had under consideration for months, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced on Tuesday it will begin accepting bank-charter applications from fintech firms. …

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The SEC Hits Carr and Companion With Insider-Trading Lawsuit

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday accusing former Heartland Payment Systems Inc. chief executive Robert O. Carr and his girlfriend, Katherine M. Hanratty, with insider trading in connection with Heartland’s sale to Global Payments Inc. in April 2016.  The lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, …

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Bob Carr Charged With Insider Trading and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/10/18

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a federal civil lawsuit Tuesday accusing former Heartland Payment Systems Inc. CEO Robert O. Carr and his girlfriend, Katherine M. Hanratty, with insider trading. Carr allegedly tipped Hanratty ahead of the December 2015 public announcement that Global Payments Inc. planned to acquire Heartland, and …

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The ICBA Notches a ‘Victory’ Against Square, But Looks to Quash the ILC ‘Loophole’ for Good

Square Inc. may be planning to re-file its application for deposit insurance with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., but that isn’t stopping its main opponent from celebrating the fact that the company has withdrawn its original application—at least for now. “We can call it a victory,” Chris Cole, executive vice …

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