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Guidelines for Measures for Preventing Unauthorized Use of Credit Card Information Wrongly Leaked during QR Payment Formulated

April 16, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the Payments Japan Association formulated the Guidelines for Measures for Preventing Unauthorized Use of Credit Card Information Wrongly Leaked during QR Payment.

1. Background

At the end of 2018, unauthorized use of consumer credit card information, e.g., card number, expiration date and security code, occurred after consumers used QR payment services through their smartphones.

To hold cross-sectoral discussions on countermeasures against such unauthorized use of credit card information that has wrongly leaked during QR payment, on December 28, 2018, METI inaugurated a study group, bringing together businesses that utilize QR payment services, credit card companies and other entities as members, under the Payments Japan Association, an industry-academia-government framework in which METI participates. Since then, the study group has been discussing the development of security standards that businesses using QR payment services and credit card companies should observe.

2. Outline of the study group

The Payments Japan Association formulated the Guidelines for Measures for Preventing Unauthorized Use of Credit Card Information Wrongly Leaked during QR Payment. The guidelines were the outcome of the discussions by the study group.

3. URL for the guidelines

The guidelines have been released on the website of the Payments Japan Association.

4. Future actions

The Payments Japan Association will continue to hold discussions on potential measures for preventing unauthorized use of credit card information involving payment services taking advantage of smartphones, including QR payment services.

Division in Charge

Cashless Payment Promotion Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group

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