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E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy

Volume: 4 Issue: 8
(August 2010)


News

The two biggest US mobile phone operators, AT&T and Verizon Wirless, are planning a partnership with Discover Financial Services and Barclays, two sources at Bloomberg confirmed to E-Finance & Payments Law & Policy. / read more

The Israeli Supervisor of Banks, Rony Hizkiyahu, sent a letter to banks and credit companies on 28 July, urging them to conduct risk assessments and establish clear policies for employee use of social networking sites (SNSs). / read more

Bangkok Smartcard System (BBS) has announced a partnership with Australian smart card developer Vix ERG to develop, design and deliver a smart card that can be used for micro-payments in Bangkok's transportation, retail, service and tourism sectors. / read more


Features

In November 2009, we published an editorial on the PriceWaterhouseCooper Report 'Precious Plastic 2010' regarding challenges the UK card industry may face in 2010. Now plastic may become even more precious. Earlier this year, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published the UK Government's response to its October 2009 Consultation on the UK credit and store card market. As set out in the response, the government and the card industry have agreed to introduce five new rights for cardholders. / read more

A report published by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) concluded last year that consumers do not benefit from the way the market for personal current accounts is structured. Nicola Kingaby, an Associate at TLT, discusses the recent trends in the retail banking market and examines the OFT's role in making the sector more transparent. / read more

Fraudulent online schemes are becoming more and more sophisticated and increasingly diverse, forcing organisations to vigorously enforce their fraud prevention controls. Darren Hodder, Director at Fraud Consulting Ltd, examines the emerging security threats that organisations should be aware of, and explains the measures which are available to businesses to prevent them from falling victim to cyber attacks. / read more

The payments market is rapidly changing in Argentina. However, the development of mobile payments still has a long way to go. Ramon Moyano, Partner at Estudio Beccar Varela, discusses the reasons why m-payments in Argentina have not reached their full potential yet. / read more

Financial services and alternative payment methods have truly taken off since Russia's economic growth in the late 90's. Alexander Barmin, Elena Geveling and Konstantin Nazarov, of Denton Wilde Sapte, discuss the increasing use and growing importance of the e-money industry in Russia, and why the time to regulate has come. / read more

The mobile commerce industry in Africa is one of the fastest growing m-commerce markets in the world. Yet, to turn the growth into a profitable market, many obstacles, such as bureaucratic regulatory frameworks and inefficient distribution channels, have to be overcome. Yolande van Wijk, CEO of First National Bank's Smart Services, explains the different models in Africa's mobile commerce industry and what needs to be done to make mobile payments truly successful on the African continent. / read more

The global digital currency landscape has changed rapidly in the last couple of years. A number of US companies closed down while, in other jurisdictions, businesses are thriving. Mark Herpel, Editor of DGC Magazine, gives an overview of the developments that have taken place, looks at the present market and examines what the future might hold. / read more


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About E-Finance and Payments Law and Policy

The monthly law journal covering legal issues in banking, e-finance, e-money and online payments including, mobile payments (m-payments), micropayments, pre-paid cards and other payment cards, online banking, NFC (near field communication) and other contactless payments, digital currencies such as Bitcoin, mobile wallets and virtual money, e-invoicing, e-billing and e-payments, card fraud and other cybercrime, as well as regulatory regimes such as the E-Money Directive (EMD and 2EMD), the Payment Services Directive (PSD), SEPA, the US Electronic Money Regulations 2011, and the UK Bribery Act 2010. / read more