Thursday , December 12, 2019


December, 2019

  • 11 December

    Alleging Digital Wallets Are Not Prepaid Products, PayPal Sues the CFPB Over Its Prepaid Rule

    PayPal Holdings Inc. on Wednesday sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleging the regulatory agency’s 8-month-old prepaid rule represents a “category error” and a violation of the First Amendment, and should be vacated by the court. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, charges …

  • 11 December

    New York Straphangers Give Contactless Payments a Boost

    The New York City area’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday activated 96 contactless card readers in Manhattan’s Penn Station, one of the nation’s busiest transit hubs, in its quest to accept contactless payment cards and mobile-payment apps across its vast subway and bus system by the end of next year. …

  • 11 December

    Mastercard Starts Pilots in Australia to Test Its Vision for a Consumer-Controlled ID Model

    Mastercard Inc. on Wednesday announced it has begun its first real-world pilots for a new digital-identity system the company says has the potential to dramatically simplify payments and other interactions between consumers and government and commercial entities. Two separate pilots for the new service, which relies on mobile devices, are …

  • 11 December

    BofA Adding Merchant-Related Information for Cardholders to Its Erica Digital Assistant

    Bank of America Corp. next year will enhance Erica, its popular digital financial assistant powered by artificial intelligence, with two new features—one to make its credit and debit card holders aware of which merchants might be storing their card numbers, and another that will issue alerts about possible duplicate charges. …

  • 11 December

    Possible Widening of Desjardins Breach and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/11/19

    Quebec-based Desjardins Group said the former employee suspected of orchestrating a massive data breach that affected 4.2 million members of the big credit-union federation also had access to the personal information of a further 1.8 million credit card holders who are not Desjardins members, the CBC reported.ACI Worldwide released the latest version …

  • 10 December

    Libra Put Stablecoins in the Spotlight. Now BitPay Announces Support for Three of Them

    Facebook Inc.’s Libra cryptocurrency may be struggling with regulators globally, but that doesn’t mean blockchain processors aren’t moving forward with other stablecoins. Atlanta-based BitPay Inc. on Tuesday introduced payment acceptance and settlement services in a trio of stablecoins whose value is tied to the U.S. dollar: Circle Internet Financial Ltd.’s …

  • 10 December

    IPO Pending for Small-Business Invoicing Provider

    In addition to merchant processor Shift4 Payments Inc., another payments-industry initial public offering of stock is in the offing. This one comes from Holdings Inc., a provider of cloud-based invoice-management and payment services for small and mid-sized businesses. Palo Alto, Calif.-based hopes to raise approximately $158.9 million after …

  • 10 December

    Payoneer’s Merchant-Services Buy and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 12/10/19

    Payoneer Inc., a provider of cross-border payments for small businesses, announced it is moving into merchant services with its acquisition of optile GmbH, a Munich-based company whose technology eases payment acceptance. Terms were not announced.The Western Union Co. has added a feature to its mobile app that allows users to donate …

  • 9 December

    Subscription-Payment Specialist GoCardless Boosts U.S. Business With Routing-Number Access

    GoCardless Ltd., a London-based company specializing in handling international recurring payments, such as subscriptions, is eyeing a bigger presence in the U.S. market and has struck a deal that it expects will help process debits through the automated clearing house. The arrangement, announced Monday, will let GoCardless access ABA routing …

  • 9 December

    Canadians Embrace Contactless Payments, but They’re Still Wary of Using Mobile Devices

    Like their American cousins, Canadians are rapidly adopting newer payment methods. In fact, they’re doing so even faster than U.S. consumers in some respects. The report, “Canadian Payment Methods and Trends: 2019,” released last week by Payments Canada, says contactless payments grew 30% year-over-year in 2018. Card- and mobile-based contactless …

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