Monday , December 10, 2018

Law and Regulation

Eye on Security: 124 Breaches Already Reported in 2018; Cost of Malicious Cyber Activity May Exceed $100 Billion

Some 124 new data breaches have become known this year as of Feb. 16, the Identity Theft Resource Center reports. And the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors issued a study last week pegging the cost of malicious cyber activity to the economy in 2016 at $57 billion on the …

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Senators’ Letter on Pot Won’t Sway Card Networks, But Could Parry Sessions’s Thrust

The efforts of 18 U.S. senators to persuade the Senate Appropriations Committee to honor state laws for legal cannabis are not expected to sway Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. to drop their prohibitions on marijuana-related purchases over their networks. Earlier this week, a group spearheaded by Sens. Michael Bennett (D) …

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Regulatory Efforts May Be Quiet at the Federal Level, But Not So In States And the Courts

Federal regulatory initiatives targeting the payments industry may have abated, but a variety of others at the state level and in the court system could require reactions from payments providers. That’s the word from Scott Talbott, senior vice president of government affairs, who spoke Wednesday at the annual Northeast Acquirers …

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Mastercard Takes $873 Million One-Time Tax Hit; Lands Cabela’s Cobranded Card

Mastercard Inc. took an $873 million, one-time charge in 2017’s fourth quarter related to the new federal tax law, and the company reported Thursday that the cobranded Cabela’s Visa card will switch to the Mastercard brand. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that President Donald Trump signed into law in …

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Chenault Joins Another Board and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1-30-18

UATP, which is owned by and provides payment processing for many of the world’s airlines, said it is now accepted for U.S. ticket purchases on Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity. General Catalyst announced that soon-to-retire American Express Co. chief executive Ken Chenault has joined the venture-capital firm as chairman and a …

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Pulse Volumes Increases 19% and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/25/18

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced changes to its controversial prepaid accounts rule and extended its effective date by one year, to April 2019. The changes will adjust error-resolution requirements for prepaid card providers and will make it easier for consumers to link credit card accounts to digital wallets, some …

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Cannabis Vendors Shrug Off Hard-Line Federal Policy, but Full-Service Payments Remain Elusive

After a short-lived scare, investors in the budding cannabis sector don’t seem to be rattled by the hard line being taken by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions against their industry. But the legal marijuana industry is certainly no closer to getting payment card merchant accounts and other mainstream financial services, …

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Western Union Pays $60 Million Fine to Settle New York Claims of Lax Fraud Controls

The Western Union Co. and the New York Department of Financial Services announced Thursday that the wire-transfer market leader will pay a $60 million fine to settle alleged violations of the state’s anti-money-laundering laws, including transactions that supported human trafficking from China. New York authorities alleged that between 2004 and …

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Citing U.S. Government Resistance, MoneyGram And Ant Financial Call Off Their Merger

Unable to get approval from federal authorities, wire-transfer provider MoneyGram International Inc. and China-based Ant Financial Services Group disclosed Tuesday that they have terminated their merger agreement, almost a year after it was first proposed. In a joint news release, the firms said they’re bailing on Ant’s plan to acquire …

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Stolen Data Ranges From 20 Cents to More Than $15 on Cybercriminals’ Shopping List

The underground market for personally identifiable information is flourishing, with criminals paying as little as 20 cents to as much as $15 for verified credentials across the dark market. That’s the latest from RSA Security LLC, a data-security company. The Bedford, Mass.-based firm released the 2018 Cybercriminal Shopping List Tuesday, …

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