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May

Alternative Payments

Ways of making electronic payments without credit cards. Examples of common alternative payment methods in the United States include debit and prepaid cards, bank transfers, direct debit, and phone and mobile payments. Certain alternative payment methods, such as person-to-person electronic payments, were developed for e-commerce. Other methods not used in the United States were devised for the needs of specific countries’ domestic economies.

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09

May

Wal-Mart sues Visa over right to mandate PIN with EMV

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. filed a civil complaint against Visa Inc. on May 10, 2016, in the New York state court. The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer asserts it has a right to mandate PIN as the only authentication method for Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) debit cards at the POS. Current Visa guidelines allow consumers to use PIN or signature when using chip-enabled cards, a less secure and costlier practice, Wal-Mart representatives stated.

“PIN is the only truly secure form of cardholder verification in the marketplace today, and it offers superior security to

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04

May

Taxpayer Identification Number

An identification number issued to business entities and individual taxpayers by the Internal Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. Social Security numbers are issued by the SSA; all other TINs are issued by the IRS.

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27

April

The Processing Time for Chip Cards is about to Shrink

Ever since banks stuck chips on millions of U.S. credit and debit cards last year, shoppers have spent a little more time waiting at the register and a lot more time complaining about it. On Tuesday, Visa Inc. said it’s trying to fix that.
The world’s largest payments network – which long pushed the chips at the source of the consternation – will offer a technology upgrade to cut the time people must leave their cards in machines to roughly two seconds or less. The network has started talking with major

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13

April

Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA DSS)

Established to help software vendors and others develop secure payment applications that do not store prohibited data and to ensure their compliance with the PCI DSS. Payment applications that are sold, distributed or licensed to third parties are subject to PA DSS requirements.

In-house payment applications developed by merchants or service providers that are not sold to a third party are not subject to PA DSS requirements but must still be secured in accordance with the PCI DSS.

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16

March

Sniffer

Malware used by hackers to intercept payment card data traveling through merchant or processor networks.
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09

March

Visa reports electronic payments added $296B

Visa Inc. today released the results of a new 2016 study conducted by Moody's Analytics that analyzed the impact of electronic payments on economic growth across 70 countries between 2011 and 2015. The Visa-commissioned study found that increased use of electronic payment products, including credit, debit and prepaid cards, added US$296B to GDP, while raising [...]
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02

March

Merchant Bank

A federally insured financial institution responsible for connecting merchants to Visa Inc. and MasterCard Worldwide authorization and settlement systems. Also called an acquiring bank, merchant bank or sponsor bank.

Acquirers and merchants are the two signatories to merchant agreements. Acquirers can be thrifts, banks or credit unions. For example, First National Bank of Omaha is an acquirer and a bank. To sell bankcard services, it is necessary to have a signed agreement with an acquirer or be part of an ISO that is sponsored by an acquirer.

Among other things, an acquirer

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