Walmart, Home Depot suing Visa, MasterCard over not allowing use of chip+PIN

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story imageHome Depot filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court this week against credit card giants Visa and MasterCard for blocking the adoption of chip-and-PIN on credit card transactions. Instead, the companies adopted the less secure chip-and-signature method, which does not prevent lost and stolen cards from being used. Merchant groups, consumer advocacy groups and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) called attention to the need to adopt chip-and-PIN in order to take full advantage of EMV security. According to data compiled by the U.S. Federal Reserve, transactions routed over Visa's or MasterCard's signature debit networks cost retailers more than twice as much as transactions routed over PIN networks.

Home Depot's case against Visa and MasterCard is similar to one Walmart recently filed against Visa. In that case, Walmart says that Visa is precluding the retailer from requiring PINs on all debit card transactions. As a result, Walmart is forced to pay the fees associated with signature-based networks. For the world's largest retailer, that figure is in the billions.

Visa and MasterCard, along with groups such as the American Bankers Association, have said that requiring PINs with credit card transactions could cause confusion for consumers. Visa has also said that newer, better authentication technologies (such as biometric and geo-location verification) are just over the horizon.

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by on 2016-06-23 10:40 (#1J41V)

Kind of funny because Canadian Walmart stores are also starting to boycott Visa for high fees.

But I don't get why this chip+pin thing is an issue in the states. In Canada all of our cards are chip+pin now, and have been for awhile. We're actually on the verge of going to NFC from phones using the MintChip application developed by the Canadain Mint. (I don't trust NFC and likely won't be using MintChip until it's an absolute necessity because there's no other options.)
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