Category Archives: Standards

GlobalPlatform Expands Card/SE Spec Following Widespread Consumer & M2M Deployments

By | November 14, 2018

14 November 2018 – GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, has released version 2.3.1 of its Card / Secure Element (SE) Specification. The release supports the latest extensions of GlobalPlatform technology following widespread deployments in consumer and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices. 100% of the 1 billion SEs embedded in smartphones in the last three years are… Read More »

Creating a Better Digital Checkout Experience

By | October 23, 2018

Consumers are expected to purchase $2.65 trillion of physical goods on websites, mobile apps and other digital platforms globally in 2018, up from $2.24 trillion in 2017, according to Juniper Research. While digital commerce has become a preferred way to shop for many consumers, we continue to hear from consumers and merchants that the online checkout process remains… Read More »

Signing Off: Mastercard Moves Beyond Signatures Worldwide

By | October 18, 2018

Mastercard is the first network to make signatures optional on the card and in the store PURCHASE, NY – October 18, 2018 – As advancements in technology and security change how people pay and verify their identity, Mastercard today announced that cardholder signatures will now be optional, both on the card and on receipts. For cardholders, not needing to sign creates a… Read More »

GlobalPlatform enhances Secure Element deployment for payment-enabled wearables

By | October 9, 2018

09 October 2018 – GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, has published a Financial Configuration to update the configuration for banking smart cards and support the deployment of Secure Elements (SEs) in contactless-enabled wearables like rings and wristbands. Chip and device makers, banks and app developers now have an implementation guide to help them launch wearables… Read More »

EMVCo Adds Fourteen New Associates from Across Industries to Accelerate Payment Technology Innovation

By | September 19, 2018

19 September 2018 – Global technical body EMVCo has welcomed fourteen new organisations to its Associates Programme to increase cross-industry collaboration in the development of EMV® Specifications. The newest Associates have joined since December 2017. Joining as Technical Associates, Everi, Netcetera, Tencent and Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions can provide input to, and receive feedback on, detailed technical and operational… Read More »

New SIMalliance Specification Supports Consistent Remote SIM Provisioning for Consumer and M2M deployments

By | September 19, 2018

19 September, 2018 – SIMalliance, the non-profit association which represents approximately 90% of the global SIM industry, has released version 2.2 of its eUICC Profile Package: Interoperable Format Technical Specification. This is the specification that standardises the format used for remote loading of subscriptions across deployed machine-to-machine (M2M) and consumer devices. It describes a common coding process for subscription data to… Read More »

EU plans to include fingerprints in identity cards are unjustified and unnecessary

By | June 11, 2018

London, UK, 11 June 2018 – The European Commission has published a proposal calling for the mandatory inclusion of biometrics (two fingerprints and a facial image) in all EU Member States’ identity cards. The demands to include fingerprints are an unnecessary and unjustified infringement on the right to privacy of almost 85% of EU citizens, as explained in a… Read More »

EMVCo Creates QR Payment Mark to Help Promote Worldwide Acceptance and Interoperability of EMV® QR Code Payments

By | May 21, 2018

21 May 2018 – EMVCo, the global technical body that manages the EMV® Specifications, has created a QR Payment Mark to promote global interoperability across EMV QR Code payments. EMVCo has developed reproduction requirements and a free licensing structure to enable all implementers of EMV QR Code solutions to use the mark. QR Codes are two-dimensional machine-readable barcodes, increasingly used to… Read More »

PCI Security Standards Council Publishes Minor Revision to PCI Data Security Standard

By | May 17, 2018

WAKEFIELD, Mass., 17 May 2018 — Today the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) published a minor revision to the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which businesses around the world use to safeguard payment card data before, during and after a purchase is made. PCI DSS version 3.2.1 replaces version 3.2 to account for effective dates and Secure Socket Layer… Read More »

GlobalPlatform Secures Biometric Authentication & Enriches Trusted User Interaction

By | May 1, 2018

01 May 2018 – GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, has extended the functionality of its Trusted User Interface (Trusted UI) APIs. Service providers and application developers now have a direct path to provide users with a richer and safer authentication experience and, importantly, to offer trusted biometric authentication that is secured in the hardware of… Read More »

Secure Technology Alliance Provides Recommendations, Best Practices for Implementing Fast, Convenient Contactless Payments

By | February 5, 2018

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Feb. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Consumers want payments to be faster, more secure, and seamless, and many stakeholders across the payments industry are looking to contactless payments as a way to meet these expectations. For merchants, issuers and processors considering contactless payments, the Secure Technology Alliance has released a new white paper today that provides recommendations… Read More »

US Payments Forum Winter 2018 Market Snapshot: EMV Enablement Growth in New Markets, Predictions for Contactless Payments in Transit, Prioritizing Online Transaction Security

By | January 29, 2018

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Payments Forum today released its winter 2018 market snapshot, providing updates on the status of the U.S. EMV chip migration and contactless payments, 2018 priorities to address technologies for securing online transactions, and recently-released resources for the payments industry. State of the Market: EMV Enablement Growth in Retail Petroleum and… Read More »

New Standard Enables MNO Services to Easily Access Sensitive Functions from Operating Systems

By | January 29, 2018

29 January 2018 – GlobalPlatform, the standard for secure digital services and devices, has defined a specification that enables mobile network operators (MNOs) to access certain aspects of the mobile device operating system (OS), which is by default not accessible for security reasons. The specification has received input and support from MNO industry body GSMA and device manufacturers, who… Read More »

FIDO Alliance Launches European Working Group to Expand Use of Authentication Standards

By | November 14, 2017

LONDON, November 14, 2017 – The FIDO Alliance today announced the launch of a FIDO Europe Working Group to accelerate the use of FIDO authentication standards in Europe. This move comes as financial services firms, telecommunications companies and the broader ecosystem are balancing new regulatory demands with rapidly evolving customer expectations. FIDO authentication, already available from many service providers and technology… Read More »

Secure Identity Alliance Launches Code Of Conduct

By | November 13, 2017

Paris, November 13th, 2017 – The Secure Identity Alliance, the global identity and secure eServices advisory body, today announced the adoption of a Code of Conduct that all the Alliance’s members will voluntarily commit to. Developed in consultation with individual members to support best practices and enforce industry standards, the new Code enshrines the commitment of Secure Identity… Read More »

EMVCo Enhances EMV 3-D Secure Specification

By | October 31, 2017

EMVCo Enhances EMV 3-D Secure Specification Latest specification to form the basis of functional testing for EMV 3-D Secure solutions    31 October 2017 – Technical body EMVCo has publicly released EMV® 3-D Secure – Protocol and Core Functions Specification v2.1.0. The updated document follows the release of version 2.0.0 in October 2016, and includes additional functionality and… Read More »

Secure Technology Alliance White Paper Provides Implementation Considerations for Contactless Payment-Enabled Wearables

By | October 30, 2017

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Oct. 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Payments are becoming an important factor in the growth of the wearables market – it’s estimated that 62 percent of wearable device shipments will include payments functionality by 20201. For implementers, there are many options for incorporating payments into wearables that can impact deploying and managing these devices. To… Read More »

US Payments Forum Provides First in Series of Technical Frameworks for Implementing EMV Contactless Open Payments in Transit

By | October 10, 2017

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Oct. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As U.S. and Canadian transit markets look to move to open payments systems in today’s EMV chip environment, they have unique transaction speed and security requirements for successful implementation at fare gates and on-board vehicles. The U.S. Payments Forum has released today the first in a series of resources that identify… Read More »

Malaysia – Mastercard to complete shift from signature to pin by Jan 2018

By | October 7, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Mastercard Inc said it will reach a key milestone by January 2018 when all its debit cards feature contactless and a personal identification number (PIN)-enabled function, in a move to provide more convenience to consumers, prevent fraud and improved security. Wider contactless acceptance is expected in Malaysia, with more merchants opening up to the technology, the… Read More »

GlobalPlatform Publishes On-Device NFC Service Management Specification

By | September 6, 2017

New standard defines multiple contactless environments on a single device ensuring the predictable behavior of all NFC services September 06 2017 –  GlobalPlatform Managing Entity Specification has been published, completing a ‘stack’ of complementary software standards from ETSI and the NFC Forum that ensures multiple mobile contactless services successfully coexist within a device and will operate as intended, regardless… Read More »