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Posted: Jan 10, 2019
Categories: Debit Cards, EMV, Consulting
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Author: Lou Grilli

The Fed released its latest update on debit card interchange, and it showed very subtle but very telling trends for financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets – a category called “exempt”, which includes all the credit unions in the U.S. except the top 7. While the lines of the graph (found here) look relatively horizontal, two takeaways are worth noting.

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Not true! Chip cards are solving the problem they were intended to solve.

A number of leading news organizations recently reported that a security flaw in chip cards has been discovered, questioning the security benefits offered by EMV technology. One article suggests there are ways to completely undo the security the chip-enabled cards provide. The articles pointed to research presented by two people from NCR, a payments technology leader. Their research was presented at Black Hat, a widely attended hackers convention where research, security flaws, and hacks are presented to the public and to fellow security experts with the goal of closing security gaps before they can be exploited.

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Posted: Aug 4, 2016
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Contactless debit, credit and prepaid cards - payment cards that can be used by tapping a point of sale (POS) terminal or waving the card near the terminal - have been issued by major banks around the world since 2007.  Also referred to as “tap and pay” or “tap and go,” these cards feature an embedded NFC antenna and chip (different than the EMV chip) which allows the card to exchange payment credentials to an NFC enabled terminal with just a wave or a tap. They are touted for both speed and convenience mostly because no signature or PIN is needed.  In addition, the transaction amounts using this capability are typically limited to $25 or $50, consistent with the waiving of the need for signature for mag stripe transactions for those amounts.

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