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Credit card changes to provide better data protection

Posted February 10, 2014

The way we use our credit cards will soon be history.

By next year, signatures will no longer be required, and cards will have a chip embedded that will make them harder to hack.

Consumers will also use a PIN, instead of a signature, as an added layer of security.

The changes, which will take effect no later than October 2015, should help in situations like the recent Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches.

The reason for the deadline is something called “liability shift.” If there is fraud with the new card, the party with the lesser technology - either the credit card company or the retailer - will be responsible for the cost.

That's motivation for everyone to get on board.

But keep in mind, the new technology helps in stores, not online.

Many other countries, including the United Kingdom, made the switch years ago. The United States is one of the last major counties to make the switch.


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  • Kenny Dunn Feb 13, 2014
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    It's about time. Can't come soon enough as far as I'm concerned.

  • dsdaughtry Feb 12, 2014

    does this mean that we will need to get a card reader for our computer for online purchases?

  • Bobby Medlin Feb 12, 2014
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    We are behind most european nations in card security.

  • Andy Hairston Feb 11, 2014
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    Signatures are already not required for most purchases. My bank card has had the appropriate chip for a couple of years - but the card readers can't read it.