Changing the Face of Credit and Debit Card Transactions

This is a Letter to the Editor that will appear in newspapers around the state this week.

Missouri consumers and retailers should be aware of major changes that will occur this fall as tens of millions of credit and debit cards will be replaced in a national endeavor to provide more secure transactions.  Banks that issue credit cards will replace the old cards that have a magnetic strip with cards that have embedded computer chips that store account data and provide additional security for consumer transactions.

The U.S. lags behind European countries in employing technology that provides this additional security which employs chips that make it more difficult for fraudsters to duplicate credit card information. This technology has been designed by MasterCard and other major payment processing companies in a continuous effort to protect the payment system for Missouri consumers.

Retailers in Missouri and around the nation are expected to install new payment processing software by October 1 of this year. After that date, retailers who continue to accept the old magnetic strip cards may have to pay for credit and debit card fraud, a shift of liability from the banks issuing the cards to the retail community.

Recent credit card security breaches such as those at Target stores and Anthem BCBS have impacted Missourians and I endorse the move by MasterCard to protect our transactions.  We are grateful for MasterCard’s presence in Missouri and the economic benefits that we realize from its major processing facility in O’Fallon Missouri.

Representative Sandy Crawford

District 129, Buffalo, Mo.

Chair, Missouri House Banking Committee