News about Regulation.
July 25th, 2016
People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is working to create a system for regulating QR code mobile payments in the country, after it suspended QR code-based services run by third-party payment providers in March 2014. “Payment providers including Alipay and Tenpay, along with a number of commercial banks, have continued marketing their QR code payment services,” Caixin reports. “A source close to the central bank said that the 2014 ban was put in place because there were no rules or standards for third party QR code payment services.” PBOC also moved to open up Chinese mobile payment services in August 2015.
June 3rd, 2016
The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Visa Europe by Visa. “Visa has now received all regulatory approvals required for the acquisition,” Visa says. “The transaction has already been cleared by both the Jersey and the Turkish competition authorities. The transaction is expected to close in Visa Inc’s fiscal third quarter of 2016. Visa will announce the closing once it has occurred.”
April 5th, 2016
A call by Sweden’s central bank to make using cash a legal right for consumers will create question marks in the minds of central banks and other players in international markets and will raise “some concerns” about a completely cashless society, the CEO of Turkish card payment system operator BKM has told attendees during a panel session at Money20/20 Europe.
March 30th, 2016
EMVCo has updated its tokenization specification to include a new payment account reference (PAR) that can be used to link a cardholder’s payment token with their primary account number (PAN) without needing to use their underlying…
February 5th, 2016
Members of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) are currently exploring the possibility of implementing a voluntary code of practice to regulate digital wallets in the country. The association’s 100 members were due to respond…
September 24th, 2015
Regulators are looking more closely at whether technology companies that provide financial services should be supervised more heavily, according to HSBC chairman Douglas Flint. “Regulators all around the world are reflecting on the extent to which internet companies are conducting banking business and at which point they should be licensed as a bank,” Flint said, as reported by Reuters.
August 4th, 2015
People’s Bank of China has proposed new regulations that could force internet companies Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu to offer each others’ online payment services alongside their own. “If payment services from social networking and online entertainment firm Tencent and search firm Baidu are offered on Alibaba’s ecommerce sites, users could opt to use those,” Reuters reports. “Alternatively, Alipay could cement its dominance if customers opt to use it on rivals’ platforms.”
May 22nd, 2015
NFC World’s ‘Tap to travel: Delivering NFC transport ticketing services at scale’ webinar is now available to view online. Some 359 people signed up to take part in the live event and participants gave the…
February 16th, 2015
“Apple Pay has hit bumps in China despite Apple’s efforts to make friends with Alibaba and UnionPay,” Caixin reports. Talks between Apple and the national payments network, which were due to lead to an agreement in March, “have stalled”, the report adds, while Apple still has regulatory hurdles to overcome as “it’s unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements for a commercial operation”.
November 12th, 2014
The Canadian government is preparing to give merchants the ability to refuse to accept a particular NFC payment service if it attracts higher than usual fees — should that situation ever arise in the future, a document obtained by the WSJ reveals. “Should fees set by the payment card networks in respect of contactless payments made from a mobile device increase relative to card-based contactless payments, payment card networks will develop the technical specifications to ensure that merchant acceptance of contactless payments made from a mobile device can be cancelled at the point-of-sale without disabling other forms of contactless payments acceptance,” the document states.
November 4th, 2014
A Virginia Circuit Court judge has ruled that police officers cannot force criminal suspects to divulge mobile phone passwords but they can force them to unlock their phone with a fingerprint scanner, WSJ reports. “The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution gives people the right to avoid self-incrimination. That involves divulging secret passwords,” the article says. “But, providing fingerprints and other biometric information is considered outside the protection of the Fifth Amendment.”
October 24th, 2014
Apple is eyeing up the possibility of launching Apple Pay in Korea, Korea Bizwire reports. “It is reported that the American company inquired with the Financial Supervisory Service about the electronic payment business licensing and security suitability evaluation procedure,” the article says. “According to financial industry sources on October 20, officials from Apple Korea visited the financial regulator recently and asked about domestic registration of its new e-payment service Apple Pay.”
October 2nd, 2013
NFC provider iZipline has unveiled PackageTagz, a patent-pending process for adding NFC functionality to pouch packaging. PackageTagz applies an NFC tag as the package is produced and is tethered to a software platform provided by…
January 24th, 2013
The decision, taken yesterday by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission, to grant conditional approval for Taiwan’s five carriers and transit card issuer EasyCard to set up a national TSM joint venture for NFC payments and ticketing has not…
January 23rd, 2013
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has given the go-ahead for transportation card issuer EasyCard and the country’s five carriers to form a joint venture company to deliver NFC payments and ticketing services — provided the partners comply with a number of conditions designed to ensure a competitive environment is maintained.
December 5th, 2012
NFC and secure chip specialist Inside Secure has appointed four sales agents in Latin America and the Middle East. BP Electronica, a division of US-based BP Sales, will represent Inside in Mexico, while Electrocomponentes will handle Argentina, Tritech…
November 26th, 2012
The NFC World team has identified ten pressure points that suggest the arrival of mobile payments will result in a fundamental change in the overall cost of processing payments and the way in which merchants transaction fees are calculated — and we’d like to hear from anyone who is working on ways to use mobile technology to cut the cost of processing transactions at the point of sale.
October 8th, 2012
Transaction automation specialist JCM Global has demonstrated an NFC-based mobile wallet designed to be used in casinos. The new Mobile Wager Wallet has been jointly developed by JCM and mobile contactless technology specialist Techfirm and…
October 3rd, 2012
Isis has struck a deal with vending machine technology provider USA Technologies (USAT) that will see the NFC venture paying USAT a subsidy for converting up to 7,500 vending machines to accept Isis payments in…
September 20th, 2012
“Rogers expects to launch a credit card that will be part of a ‘virtual wallet’ as the telecom company moves to mobile payments on smartphones,” the Montreal Gazette reports: Chief executive Nadir Mohamed said Monday…