‘Double swiping’ of payment cards by some shops could be dangerous

KUWAIT: Some shops have made the habit of ‘double swiping’ payment cards at the electronic cash register for authorization from the payment card issuer to collect details and personal data for purposes related to internal accounting, says Secretary General of the Union of Kuwait Banks Dr Hamad Al-Hasawi.

Dr Al-Hasawi declared the practice could be dangerous to the card holders, especially if the systems of the shops are hacked or in case of data leakage. He said such incidents forced the monitoring agencies in some countries to prohibit the procedure.

He explained that double swiping breaks the payment card industry data security standard (PCIDSS) as it saves data on the systems at the points of sale. He reiterated the local banks and joint automatic banking services companies (K-Net) are obligated to abide by standards, which implies the payment procedure should conform to standards of the point of sale (POS) and automated system of the bank that issued the card.

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