Payment card security - take  it seriously, says TAANZ

Payment card security - take it seriously, says TAANZ

The Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) is urging its members to take action now to comply with a global security standard to protect confidential payment card information against theft.

IATA has set a date of 1 March for accredited agents to achieve the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).

TAANZ president says there is some lobbying to have IATA ‘see reason’ on the time frame, but that said it is important that agents take the subject seriously.

‘The deadline is five months away and it is probably a three to four month process, so action is required now.’

He says TAANZ will take a leadership role to ‘simplify what is a complicated subject’ and will work closely with helloworld, House of Travel and First Travel Group to do so.

‘This is actually part of a wider cyber space and data privacy issue. It is good practice and we have to focus on it.’

Leaders of brands in New Zealand say they are well on track to have all their agents PCI compliant.

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