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In Depth: Member States Too Slow On Terror Financing, Says FATF
18th May 2018 | Written by:
Despite a raft of urgent EU regulatory reforms aimed at tackling terrorist financing, officials remain concerned about a lack of visible progress at member state level — with cash, prepaid cards...
India's Central Bank Braces For Legal Challenges Over Cryptocurrency Ban
26th Apr 2018 | Written by:
The Reserve Bank of India is expected to face fresh legal action over its shock order that financial firms cut off services to cryptocurrency firms and users.
Norway Consults On Payment Blocking Reforms
23rd Apr 2018 | Written by:
The Norwegian gambling watchdog has launched a consultation on new legislation that aims to strengthen payment blocking measures for transactions involving unlicensed gambling operators.
Lithuania Consults on the Transposition of PSD2
18th Apr 2018 | Written by:
The Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Lithuania are inviting responses to 15 questions regarding the implementation of the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), which will be transposed via...
Brazil: Central Bank Publishes Resolution to Stimulate Competition in Payment Services
6th Apr 2018 | Written by:
On April 4, 2018 the National Monetary Council approved and published Resolution no. 4.649/18, proposed by the central bank, which prohibits commercial banks from restricting access to payment...
Germany Prepaid Industry Claims Payment Blocking Unlawful
2nd Mar 2018 | Written by:
An influential prepaid association in Germany has rallied behind legal arguments that restrictions on payment firms servicing unauthorised online gambling operators violate data protection rules.
Solomon Islands: Central Bank Consults on Draft Payments Systems Bill 2018
22nd Feb 2018 | Written by:
On February 21, 2018, the Central Bank of Solomon Islands issued a public notice inviting key stakeholders, development partners, interest groups and the public to comment on the draft Payment...
Bank for International Settlements Issues Report on Cross-Border Retail Payments
16th Feb 2018 | Written by:
On February 16, 2018, the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures of the Bank for International Settlements released a report on cross-border retail payments, informing of the challenges...
Visa Denies Blanket Ban On Crypto Partnerships
22nd Jan 2018 | Written by:
Visa has denied suggestions it will block scheme access to any financial firm involved in cryptocurrencies, after its decision to deny access to a Gibraltar-based card issuer.
China Targets Cash Outflows With New ATM Restrictions
3rd Jan 2018 | Written by:
Chinese citizens travelling abroad will now face tougher restrictions when they withdraw their cash as the government continues its cat-and-mouse game to limit outflows of cash from mainland...
Dutch Court Says Regulator Cannot Punish Gambling Payment Processors
3rd Jan 2018 | Written by:
The highest Dutch administrative court has ruled that the country’s gambling regulator cannot enforce prohibitions against payment service providers that process transactions for illegal gambling...
Payments Industry 2017 In Focus: Main Stories And Trends
22nd Dec 2017 | Written by:
The global payments industry has undergone a year characterised by conflict — between traditional financial institutions and emerging technologically savvy rivals, and between regulators,...
Odds Stacked Against Entercash In Payment Blocking Probe
21st Dec 2017 | Written by:
An independent complaints committee in Norway has deemed that payment blocking rules set out by gambling regulators are legal, after a payment firm affected claimed the restrictions violated EEA...
Payoneer Refutes French Officials’ Tax Claims
15th Dec 2017 | Written by:
Payoneer has refuted suggestions it was allowing Airbnb users to circumvent tax rules, after French authorities pushed the online rental platform to stop facilitating payments made via its prepaid...
Norway Gambling Regulator Flexes Muscles Over Payment Blocking
13th Dec 2017 | Written by:
Two European payment firms have come under fire from the Norwegian Gaming Authority for allegedly ignoring orders to block payments to unlicensed online gambling companies.
UK: Guidance Explaining Rules on Payment Surcharges
4th Dec 2017 | Written by:
On December 1, 2017, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy published a paper for businesses titled “The Consumer Rights (Payment Surcharges) Regulations 2012 Guidance”,...
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