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California kills bill to require that retailers use EMV smartcards

Jaikumar Vijayan | June 4, 2014
The California State Senate has killed a bill that would have required California retailers to implement the Europay MasterCard Visa smartcard (EMV) standard that's seen as far safer than magnetic stripe technology used today.

Jim Huguelet, an independent retail security consultant said the bill is a reminder of the attention that lawmakers are paying to information security following the Target breach.

"This demonstrates that politicians are now very attuned to the issue of payment security and appear anxious to act. After all, it's an issue that carries virtually no political risk to support," he said.


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