This Valentine’s Day marked another year in which we tried our hardest to keep secret a four-digit number – the key to our finances. Yes, this Sunday was exactly ten years since all card transactions in the UK had to be Chip-and-PIN. What a decade it’s been. *|MC:SUBJECT|*
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16th February 2016
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Whilst everyone was off this Valentine’s Day paying attention to that special someone in their life, here PaymentEye we spent the weekend lavishing attention on that special something – the Chip-and-PIN machine. Exactly 10 years ago this Valentine’s Day, all card transactions in the UK had to be Chip-and-PIN. In those ten years we have seen incredible payment innovations including contactless cards and mobile payment, both of which would never have stood a chance of surviving and thriving were it not for the framework of EMV technology that cemented cards as a reliable method of paying.

Our other stories include an interview with Brad Fauss, the CEO and president of the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association, who discusses payments for unbanked, underbanked and millennials. We also consider how people in the UK prefer to check their finances and check in on Berlin’s FinTech scene.

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