Friday , April 3, 2020

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Consumers Warm to Digital Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/2/20

Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults say they would be more or much more likely to use digital payments or digital banking services during a time of social distancing, according to a survey of 1,043 persons aged 18 and up by The Harris Poll on behalf of William Mills Agency. The canvass took …

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Another Marriott Data Breach and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/1/20

In its second major data breach in two years, hotel giant Marriott International Inc. disclosed a “property system incident” affecting personal information on 5.2 million guests. Fraudsters apparently gained access to Marriott’s systems in mid-January using the login credentials of two employees at a franchised property. Marriott, which said it discovered the …

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PayPal Announces Fee And Loan Relief for Merchants Impacted by Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic impacts businesses worldwide, global payments companies are starting to respond with relief. The latest is PayPal Holdings Inc., which on Tuesday announced several measures aimed at cutting fees and deferring loan payments for merchants. More than 24 million businesses accept payments or other services from PayPal. …

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Visa Volume Down 7% and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/31/20

With the coronavirus pandemic freezing economic activity in the U.S. and many other countries, Visa Inc. reported in a regulatory filing that U.S. credit card payment volume was down 7% year-over-year for the March 1-28 period while debit payments were down 1%. Cross-border volume on a constant-dollar basis was off 19%. …

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Pandemic Scammers Emerge and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/20/20

TriNet Group Inc., a human-resources software provider, said a wave of scammers are exploiting the Covid-19 pandemic to gull people into buying so-called cures for the disease (no cure yet exists), as well as fake testing kits and vaccines.The Western Union Co. reported its digital money-transfer business “has continued to experience …

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With Stimulus Cash Pending, a Fintech Works With Banks to Get Money to the Underbanked

With the U.S. House of Representatives expected to sign off Friday on a $2 trillion stimulus bill in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the United States, some payments executives are focusing on how to get a share of that cash into the hands of the country’s underbanked and …

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Card Networks To Postpone Interchange Adjustments

The payment card networks plan to postpone until July changes in their interchange schedules that they had planned to take effect in April, Digital Transactions News has learned. The delays come as many merchants, especially restaurants, hotels, and local retailers have closed or greatly reduced their operations as part of governmental attempts …

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Prepaid Payments Veteran Dan Henry Takes Over at Green Dot As the Firm Looks to Rebound

After what it calls a “comprehensive search process,” prepaid-payments and banking-services provider Green Dot Corp. has found a new chief executive to replace founder and long-time CEO Steven Streit. The Pasadena, Calif.-based company said Wednesday payments veteran Daniel Henry is taking over from interim CEO William Jacobs, who has served …

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Square, Alliance Data Feel Merchants’ Covid-19 Pain

Merchant processor and business-software provider Square Inc. says some of its sellers have seen declines of 45% in payment volume in recent days, and private-label and cobranded card issuer Alliance Data Systems Corp. says business at its client merchants is softening.  Both companies held conference calls with analysts after the …

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In Response to Infection Concerns, the U.K. Raises Its Contactless Payment Cap by 50%

With much of the world locked down in combatting the novel coronavirus pandemic, a financial trade group in the United Kingdom said Tuesday the country would increase the spending limit on contactless transactions by 50% effective April 1. The move will allow consumers to pay without touching a keypad or …

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