Sunday , March 29, 2020

Jim Daly

Jim Daly joined Digital Transactions in 2006 after covering payments and merchant acquiring at Thomson Media’s Credit Card Management, Credit Card News, and CardLine publications. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at the daily Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis.

The PCI Council Will Take Further Comments on an Updated Point-to-Point Encryption Standard

When security managers and executives gather this week for the PCI Security Standards Council’s annual North America Community Meeting, one of the topics sure to be on their minds is point-to-point encryption (P2PE) of payment card data. The Council reported Friday that it plans to issue a new version of …

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Bay Area Transit Board To Consider a Big Fare Contract, but Open-Loop Payments Aren’t Included

The San Francisco Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission next week will consider a $461 million contract with Cubic Transportation Systems to modernize the Clipper fare-payment system used by 22 separate transit agencies in the region. The upgrade will retain the closed-loop Clipper card that uses near-field communication for contactless fare …

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Amazon Could Have a Ready-Made Customer Base for a Bank, Bain Reports

With rumors circulating that Inc. is interested in getting into banking and also preparing to open thousands more cashier-less stores, new research results released by management-consulting firm Bain & Co. claim that a large pool of consumers would be willing to bank with the online retailing giant. “Our survey …

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Credit Card Interchange Settlement Once Again Divides Merchants

Déjà vu, anyone? Similar to its now-moot predecessor agreement from 2012, the proposed $6.24 billion monetary-damages settlement in a big credit card interchange antitrust case announced Tuesday by Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. is drawing diverging reviews from merchants. Based on anecdotal comments and the history of the earlier settlement, …

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A $6.2 Billion Pact May Be Only a Prelude to Difficult Haggling Ahead for Merchants And the Card Networks

Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. announced early Tuesday that they and defendant banks have agreed to settle for $6.24 billion merchants’ monetary claims stemming from 13-year-old litigation over credit card interchange. Today’s announcements represent the second settlement of the sweeping class action known as MDL 1720 pending in U.S. District …

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AmEx Experiments To Find the Right Solutions for the Post-Plastic World

American Express Co. formed its Digital Labs unit less than a year ago, and it has plenty to do as it evaluates new payment forms and new ways to attract cardholders and merchants. Digital Labs is concerned with digital payments, digital ways of engaging with cardholders, and research and development, …

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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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Global Mobile Contactless Payments To Hit $1 Trillion by 2022, Researcher Predicts

Mobile contactless payments are growing at a nearly 31% compounded annual rate and will exceed $1 trillion worldwide by 2022, according to a new forecast from 451 Research. The prediction is contained 451’s Global Unified Commerce Forecast, which estimates that total online commerce accounts for about 10% of purchases currently, …

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USA Technologies’ Stock Tanks on News of Contract Investigation

Unattended payments provider USA Technologies Inc. lost a third of its value Tuesday morning on news it would delay filing its annual report while its board of directors investigates customer contracts and how business was booked. The company had until Sept. 13 to file its annual report with the Securities …

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Eye on Data Breaches: British Airways Reports Hack; Survey Finds 21% of Equifax Victims Noticed ‘Unusual’ Financial Activity

Some 380,000 payment cards used by British Airways customers have been compromised in a data breach, and more than one in five consumers surveyed about last year’s massive breach at credit-reporting agency Equifax Inc. reported “unusual activity” in its wake, including new account openings. British Airways, one of Europe’s largest …

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