Monday , September 21, 2020

Law and Regulation

Affirms Cements $500 Million Funding Round and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/18/20

Point-of-sale credit provider Affirm Inc. said it raised $500 million in a series G funding round. Lead investors were GIC and Durable Capital Partners LP. Affirm also introduced an interest-free biweekly payment product for transactions of as little as $50. It also announced that NutriBullet, a small-appliance maker, offers Affirm as a payment …

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As FDX Brings Its Membership to 140, Momentum Builds for a Data-Exchange Standard

Momentum behind a standard for the exchange of consumers’ financial data between fintech apps and banks gained strength Monday with an announcement that a trade group supporting the standard has added 39 members since April. The group, the Reston, Va.-based Financial Data Exchange LLC, now claims a membership of 140 firms, …

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Shift4 and Sionic Target Restaurants and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/1/20

Shift4 Payments Inc. will provide tokenization, gateway, and end-to-end payment processing for a digital-commerce platform from Sionic Mobile Corp., according to a joint announcement from the companies. The initial focus is on restaurants, including services for online ordering and existing mobile payment and loyalty apps.Fiserv Inc. announced that starting Tuesday consumers with Alexa-enabled cars or …

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One-Third of Fuel Retailers Are Unlikely To Meet the April 2021 EMV Deadline, a Survey Reveals

With less than a year to go before gas stations are scheduled to become EMV-compliant at the pump, readiness among fuel merchants remains uneven. A recent study by Naples, Fla.-based ACI Worldwide reveals 47% of major petroleum merchants remain unprepared to meet the deadline and 20% are still in the …

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With a Compliance Deadline Looming, Technology Emerges to Ease Gas Pump EMV

Sound Payments Inc., a multichannel technology provider that offers point-of-sale solutions for the petroleum industry, expects its partnership with National Retail Solutions, a subsidiary of IDT Corp., to accelerate adoption of EMV at in-pump card readers among independent gas stations and convenience stores. Sounds Payments argues its EMV in-pump card …

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Durbin Asks Fed Chairman for ‘Appropriate Enforcement Action’ Involving Debit Card Transaction Routing

U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin and a Vermont Congressman want the Federal Reserve to look into what they say are efforts by debit card issuers “aided by the dominant card networks” to prevent PIN-debit networks from getting a bigger share of booming card-not-present payment volume. “The Federal Reserve should consider appropriate …

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Payments Gripes Soar During the Pandemic, According to CFPB Data

Consumer complaints about payment products and services have shot up since March, when the national emergency was declared to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Complaints about credit and prepaid card products are up 29% over the same period last year, and gripes about money-transfer, virtual-currency, and money services have soared …

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Fraudsters’ Schemes to Get a Share of Covid-19 Stimulus Funds Draw a Warning From FinCEN

With trillions of dollars in federal stimulus money sloshing around in the economy to help consumers who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19, fraudsters are ratcheting up their efforts to get a piece of that pie. Two popular plans of attack are imposter scams, where criminals impersonate representatives of …

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New ACH Contact-Registry Rule Takes Effect With the Goal of Reducing Fraud and Exceptions

A new rule requiring all financial institutions in the automated clearing house network to participate in ACH governing body Nacha’s contact registry took effect Wednesday. The registry’s purpose is to enable financial institutions to quickly find the appropriate person to resolve issues when a transaction looks fraudulent or presents other …

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European Commission Report Details Wealth Redistribution From Interchange Regulation

A new European Commission report shows how interchange regulation has lowered merchants’ payment card acceptance costs and taken more than $3 billion a year from card issuers’ top lines. The EC, the executive arm of the Brussels-based European Union, implemented its so-called Interchange Fee Regulation in 2015 and 2016. The …

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