Gen Y Identity Fraud Report is Issued

A new report from Javelin Strategy and Research titled “Gen Y Security
Backlash:
How Gen Y Wants to Participate in Securing Their Information
and How They React to Identity Fraud”
indicates that nearly 90% of those surveyed say they share responsibility
with their banks and credit unions for protecting their accounts from
fraud and
react strongly when victimized by identity fraud.

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SCM & BLUEHILL

SCM Microsystems and Bluehill ID have announced a wide-ranging
technology and distribution agreement that targets contactless smart card, RFID and NFC
markets worldwide. Under this agreement, companies of the Bluehill ID Group will distribute SCM
contact smart card reader technology on an OEM basis and SCM will have
access to Bluehill ID’s unique dual antenna RFID reader technology.
The two companies have also agreed to share technology and jointly
develop new hardware and software products, and to cooperate in optimizing reader
production. Among the first projects planned will be SCM’s development of new NFC
readers based on Bluehill ID modules. Bluehill ID for its part expects to bring
products to market more quickly and cost effectively by using its technology with
the SCM firmware platform, and will examine ways to benefit from SCM’s
production and supply chain strengths.

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WINDOWS 7 & .NET BIO

Digital security provider Gemalto has extended its support for strong
authentication on the Windows(R) 7 platform using its .”NET Bio” solution.
Gemalto .”NET Bio” is an innovative solution that enables organizations
to enhance network security and protect online identities by replacing
weak, static passwords with strong authentication using Gemalto .NET
smart cards and “Precise Match-on-Card” fingerprint biometric technology.
By leveraging the smart card and biometric support built into Windows 7,
Gemalto .”NET Bio” is easier to deploy and manage than conventional
solutions that require installation of middleware. The solution enables
multi-factor authentication using biometrics by building on the
foundation provided in the new Windows Biometric Framework (WBF) for
Windows 7. Microsoft is introducing the Windows Biometric Framework
to provide native support for fingerprint biometric devices through a
new set of software components.

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GOLDEN SPRING & DATACARD

Card personalizer Datacard Group announced that it has
established an agreement with Golden Spring Technology,
supplier of smart label and RFID equipment to offer smart label package systems, as well as
contactless smart card inlay systems, in the Asia Pacific region.
The solutions for contactless smart card inlay production
ranges from 1500 units per hour (UPH) up to 6000 UPH. The solutions of
the smart label equipment
with flip chip process ranges from 1600 UPH up
to 20000 UPH.

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SBA & GLOBAL PLATFORM

Global Platform has announced that security solution provider SBA Technologies has joined
GlobalPlatform as a Full Member. As a Full Member, SBA Technologies will be able to play an active role
in the leadership of GlobalPlatform and in the development of its
technology. The company will have heavily weighted voting privileges and
can put forward one representative for consideration to be elected to
the Board of Directors, and candidates for consideration as technical
committee chairs. In addition, SBA Technologies is entitled to
participate on each technical committee as well as GlobalPlatform’s
Advisory Council and Mobile and Government Task Forces. SBA Technologies provides high-performance risk-averse
mobile commerce solutions that offer complete security and business
process management functionality to support next-generation Mobile
Commerce.

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BANCO CARREFOUR & TSYS

Payment outsources TSYS has signed a multi-year contract with Banco Carrefour S.A., to
process their hybrid and private label card business. The
first phase of the agreement is the launch of a new MasterCard hybrid
card in June 2009. The hybrid card will act as a private label card when
used within the Carrefour store environment, but will act as a general
purpose credit card when used outside of Carrefour stores. Carrefour chose “TS Prime”, TSYS’ outsourced servicing model on its
multi-client payments processing platform. TSYS will establish a local
client support infrastructure and is working with IBM to create a data
center facility in Brazil.

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CARD FEE TESTIMONY

MasterCard Canada has told the Senate
Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce that it strongly
believes additional regulatory management of payment system fees will
result in unintended consequences for both Canadian consumers and retail
merchants. MasterCard believes it is unfortunate that the Retail
Council of Canada (RCC) and Canadian Federation of Independent Business
(CFIB) have called for government regulation before providing
recommendations to MasterCard. MasterCard and the CFIB have agreed to
meet in early May to discuss
the recommendations the CFIB made to the Senate Committee. MasterCard is
awaiting a response from the RCC to its offer to meet.

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SINOPAY GPP

Sino Payments is now deploying its Global Processing Platform in
Shanghai to provide IP
credit and debit card processing services to its customers in China.
The SinoPay GPP system will facilitate the processing of Visa,
MasterCard, American Express, Diners, Discover and JCB and will be
integrated with China UnionPay to provide processing of UnionPay Debit
cards in China. SinoPay GPP can be deployed in any country to provide
efficient IP processing of all credit card types and has been
specifically designed for roll out around the region in Asia.

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VASCO Q1

VASCO Data Security International has reported its revenue for the first
quarter 2009 was $23.2 million, a decrease of 20%
compared to the first quarter 2008. Gross profit was $16.7 million, or
72%, of revenue for the first
quarter of 2009. Gross profit was $20.0 million, or 69%, of revenue for
the first quarter of 2008. VASCO won 357 new customers in Q1 2009 which
include
Caixa Galicia, HSBC Bank Paraguay, Square Enix C, LBBW/BW-Bank and Caja
Extremadura and saw the launches of
DIGIPASS 855, a smart card reader, DIGIPASS for Mobile 3.0, DIGIPASS
835a and aXs GUARD Gatekeeper
VASCO partnered with BTR Services and gains a foothold in digital
document signature market by embedding DIGIPASS CertiID in BTR Services’
electronic document signing solution.

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MBNA & CARP MC

MBNA Canada Bank, Canadian
Association of Retired Persons and Best Doctors have launched the
“Zoomer Rewards MasterCard” credit card program that offers Canadians
exclusive “Zoomer Rewards” as well as peace of mind by providing access
to the Best Doctors program and are automatically enrolled in the Best
Doctors program after the first qualifying purchase on the card.
Customers can use the “Zoomer Rewards MasterCard” credit card for
everyday purchases such as groceries, gasoline and utility bill payments
and will receive an annual 1% cash back credit for all net retail
purchases.

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PREMIUM CARDS

According to the results of a survey commissioned by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
(CFIB) reveal that 22% of Canadians with credit cards have reported
receiving, without asking for them, new premium cards issued in the past
year by companies such as MasterCard and Visa, and the group that received
these cards unsolicited were the poor, elderly and least educated. Another 8% said they had received the premium cards at
their own request. These results are considerably higher than what the card companies
are saying publicly-especially troubling since premiums cards are apparently
showing up at the doorsteps of people in low-income groups. Although some of
this difference may be a result of consumers mistaking premium cards
with more
basic rewards cards, it demonstrates there is a huge amount of confusion in
the marketplace-which serves the card companies’ interests.

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OTI & WOOLWORTH

On Track Innovations announced that its contactless reader was
selected by Australia’s largest retailer, Woolworths, to support its
“ePump” initiative for payment at the gas station. The “ePump”, a
feature of the Woolworths’ “Everyday Money” credit card provides
customers with a fast and efficient way of refueling
their vehicles at over 300 participating Caltex Woolworths/Safeway
co-branded fuel outlets across Australia using the contactless feature
of the EDM credit card. The integrated pay-at-pump solution deployed by
Gilbarco Veeder-Root nationally is commissioned and operational.
The objective of the “ePump” program is to provide further convenience
to Woolworths’ loyal customers and to help ease congestion on the
forecourt. Instead of queuing up in-store to pay for fuel, EDM credit
card holders will be able to go directly to the pump to fuel their
vehicle, with their loyalty/rewards information sent and verified
automatically.

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