As the European Banking Authority (EBA) develops its Regulatory Technical Standards, and as the EU Member States consider the detail of PSD2, any regulation governing online payments should enable and encourage the e-commerce sector to balance the twin considerations of risk and convenience (otherwise growth would be stifled and costs would increase).

WISeKey & IoT

Cyber security specialist WISeKey has made available its Cryptographic Root of Trust to Japanese IoT manufacturers and Chipmakers allowing them to add digital certificates on their chips at the hardware level to encrypt the communication and authenticate the devices.

JCB Vietnam

Tokyo-based JCB is has adopted the popular Japanese robot cat Doraemon character as its new branding strategy in the Vietnam market. JCB will use Doraemon as the brand image character for promotion and brand advertisement in Vietnam until October 1, 2017.

Day of Peace

MasterCard is actively involved in the International Day of Peace for today September 21st. Many companies are donating television and digital media channels to drive support for the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), the frontline agency fighting hunger.

German Cards & Payments

Germany is one of Europe’s largest payment cards markets, and is the third-largest in terms of annual card transaction value. It is still far from being recognized as a fully mature market, however, as the average number of monthly card transactions by consumers in Germany was 2.5 in 2014, much lower than France (9.4) and the UK (6.5).