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Date published 06.11.2017

RETAILERS are invited to submit questions about PCI DSS requirements and conditions related to International Air Transport Association accreditation, in an effort to prepare the South African industry before the March deadline.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards is the global data security standard to protect confidential payment card information against theft and credit card as a form of payment. The Association of Southern African Travel Agents has warned time is running out for travel agencies with ticketing capabilities to start PCI DSS compliance processes.

IATA granted an extension until March 2018 and evidence of compliance is required.

During its regional roadshow last month, ASATA estimated 60 percent of BSP payments in South Africa involved credit card transactions for corporate and leisure travel.

Chief Executive Officer Otto de Vries said a working committee had been established to deliver solutions and a small merchant guide would help retailers. He said self-assessments were complex and businesses were uncertain about which requirements to apply.

For example, it took an agency in New Zealand four months at significant cost to go through the process.

He commented: “The advice is to continue to investigate and understand what is expected of you. Everyone is extremely worried. This is not as easy as everyone has made it out to be.”

• TIR readers are invited to send questions about PCI DSS to sarah@tir.co.za before November 15 and we will have them answered by Clinton Leask, Nedbank Card Acquiring: Senior Product Manager. A full report will be featured in an upcoming issue of TIR.

> For more on this story, read the November issue of TIR.

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