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February 28, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 28, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8).

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 27, 2014

Visa Introduces Prepaid Clearinghouse Service to Help Reduce Fraud

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa has announced a new Prepaid Clearinghouse Service - "a centralized database that allows financial institutions, processors and prepaid program managers to share prepaid card data such as enrollments, load funding, suspected fraudulent information and previously reported fraud on existing card accounts." Visa says the new service will provide information sharing to better identify and stop fraudulent enrollments, funding, use and other fraud schemes involving prepaid cards.

Visa’s Prepaid Clearinghouse Service will deliver a comprehensive compilation of prepaid account-level data from across the industry, which will help reduce prepaid fraud losses for consumers, financial institutions and their clients,” said Brian Triplett, SVP, head of North America prepaid products.

“Criminals are increasingly targeting prepaid products which more and more consumers are using for every day purchases. While existing laws and industry safeguards help limit most consumer losses, PCS is a huge step forward for the industry towards proactively preventing fraud schemes targeting prepaid cards.”

Prepaid Clearinghouse Service participants will have access to a "holistic view of prepaid fraud across the industry, enabling them to detect and protect their customers and their portfolios from fraud efficiently and effectively."

Reporting information into PCS will be required for all U.S. Visa-issuing financial institutions and program managers, yet PCS is capable of supporting multiple network-branded prepaid cards. All U.S. Visa prepaid issuing financial institutions and their program managers will be required to report into PCS by June 2015.

Visa's Prepaid Clearinghouse Service is modeled after Visa’s Issuers’ Clearinghouse Service (ICS), which was created to help reduce bankcard credit and fraud losses. All Visa-issuing members submit information on both fraudulent applications and consumer credit card applications for use during the application and underwriting process.

The Chernobyl of Payments?

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled "Is the Target Breach the Chernobyl of Payments?" on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg says he's "been thinking that the Target breach has become the Chernobyl of the payments world."

I’m wondering if we, who unlike Europeans and others, can’t be bothered to use Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode because “we’re protected anyway”, may be taking a different view of who we give our payment credentials to after “Payments Chernobyl” and what steps we’ll be willing to take to protect our accounts.

Has the Target breach affected your use of cards for payments? Read Allen's article and add your comments - he'd enjoy hearing from you.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 27, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 26, 2014

Visa, First Data's STAR Partner on Common EMV Debit Solution

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa and First Data’s STAR Network have announced an agreement to share Visa’s common debit solution offering.

The two companies say that "collaboration ... on the license agreement will help to enable the development of regulation-compliant debit EMV solutions using a common Application Identifier (AID). First Data’s STAR Network will use PIN and no CVM functionality on the common AID to facilitate different types of debit transactions on its network, including PIN, PINless and signature cardholder verification methods. The AID will facilitate U.S. debit transactions from any debit network that licenses the Visa common AID solution and is enabled on a Visa card.

This agreement is a significant step to accelerate EMV adoption by addressing Regulation II compliance for debit EMV transactions,” said Barry McCarthy, president, First Data Financial Services.

“First Data’s STAR Network is pleased to lead the effort by being one of the first debit networks to take this step and assist issuers, acquirers, and merchants with equal access to a shared EMV chip card technology. Not only does it accelerate the migration to EMV adoption, but also moves the industry a step closer to additional debit payment security,” McCarthy added.

With the addition of First Data’s STAR Network, Visa debit issuers can now choose among several competing network options for their EMV chip debit cards, while also reducing the complexities of chip implementation.

New on PaymentsViews.com: Mt.Gox Collapses, Bitcoin Shrugs It Off

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn a post on our PaymentsViews.com web site, Glenbrook's George Peabody takes a look at recent Bitcoin events - and writes "This is not, however, an existential event for Bitcoin as some news outlets have claimed."

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 25, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 24, 2014

PayPal to Support Fingerprint Authentication on Samsung's New Galaxy S5

PayPal logo 140x60pxPayPal and Samsung have announced there are enabling Samsung Galaxy S5 users to login and shop at any merchant that accepts PayPal on mobile and in-stores with only their fingerprint. The companies say that this "new secure, biometric feature means Galaxy S5 users will no longer need to remember passwords or login details across millions of PayPal merchants. PayPal will be the first global payments company to support Samsung’s mobile fingerprint authentication technology."

We spearheaded the Fast IDentity Online Alliance last year and predicted that the industry would soon move beyond passwords, and this announcement brings us one step closer to that reality,” said Hill Ferguson, Chief Product Officer for PayPal.

“By working with Samsung to leverage fingerprint authentication technology on their new Galaxy S5, we are able to demonstrate that consumers don’t need to face a tradeoff between security and convenience. With a simple swipe of a finger, consumers can still securely log into their PayPal account to shop and pay with the convenience that mobile devices afford.”

PayPal says it is providing a secure wallet in the cloud and doesn’t store personal information on the device. "Customers can use their finger to pay with PayPal from their new Galaxy S5 because the FIDO Ready™ software on the device securely communicates between the fingerprint sensor on their device and PayPal’s service in the cloud. The only information the device shares with PayPal is a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal’s servers."

Starting in April, PayPal fingerprint authentication on the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in 26 markets globally, including Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, United Kingdom and United States. To watch a video of the experience, click here.

Dispatch from the Smart Card Alliance Payments Conference

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn a post over on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's George Peabody provides an update from his visit to the Smart Card Alliance Payments Conference held earlier this month in Salt Lake City.
This year, for EMV in the USA, that groundhog must not have seen his shadow because the card standard’s long winter in the US looks to be ending and, while hardly early, this may be springtime for EMV in the USA.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 24, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 23, 2014

MasterCard Launches MasterPass In-App Payments

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced MasterPass™ in-app payments enabling consumers to make secure purchases within a mobile app. MasterCard says that MasterPass in-app payments "eliminate the need to store payment card credentials across numerous mobile apps, providing consumers with a fast and simple payment experience."

MasterPass in-app payments is the latest offering from MasterCard to address the specific needs of the digital ecosystem. We’re creating great experiences for consumers across all channels and all devices, and enabling merchants to reach new consumers in ways not possible in the pre-digital world,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard.

“We’re also developing a framework to make all payments using MasterPass as or more secure than anything we can do on cards today, ensuring that consumers can benefit from the highest possible levels of security.”

MasterPass in-app payments extend the capabilities of the current browser-based MasterPass digital service into the mobile app environment, and provide consumers with one secure direct relationship with their bank. Apps with MasterPass embedded in them enable consumers to complete a purchase with as few as one click or touch on their favorite connected device without leaving the app environment. MasterPass in-app payments will be made available to developers and merchants beginning in Q2 of this year.

MasterCard to Acquire C-SAM

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire C-SAM - a provider of mobile wallet and on-device software and services. MasterCard said this acquisition "will speed the development and deployment of mobile wallets and payment solutions globally, including the rollout of its MasterPass™ digital service."

Consumers today are living digital lifestyles, shopping in new ways using a range of new products and devices. Bringing C-SAM’s mobile expertise into MasterCard will help us launch a wider range of mobile and virtual solutions better and faster – bringing convenience and choice to consumers, while adding value to our expanding partnerships with telcos, governments and merchants,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer, MasterCard.

“The acquisition of C-SAM is a significant milestone in our company’s history. While we have enjoyed a strong, longstanding relationship with MasterCard, the team is excited to be formally joining such an innovative and industry-leading organization to deliver end-to-end device-based solutions for service providers around the globe,” said Felix Marx, Chief Executive Officer, C-SAM.

MasterCard says that adding C-SAM’s proven expertise in developing mobile platforms will support MasterCard’s work with financial institutions to bring new, innovative and secure solutions to market. C-SAM’s on-device application and back-end infrastructure will aid development efforts to enable consumers to use MasterPass both in-store and online across multiple communications technologies, including NFC, QR/barcodes and remote checkout.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The closing of the acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected in the first quarter of this year.

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