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What is PCI-DSS?

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS) are a set of requirements that you must follow to protect sensitive cardholder data.
Sensitive cardholder data is information from a payment card that an issuing bank can use to authorize a transaction. Sensitive cardholder data includes the primary account number (PAN) and at least one of the following details:

  • Cardholder name
  • Expiration date of the payment card
  • Service code
Note: The service code is a three-digit or four-digit value stored on the payment card’s magnetic-stripe.

You must not store any sensitive authentication data after you complete a transaction. Sensitive authentication data includes:

  • Full track data
  • Card security code, also known as CVV, CVC, or CVD
  • Cardholder’s PIN

Why do I need to comply with PCI-DSS?

If a hacker accesses sensitive cardholder data that you store or process on your system, you could receive a fine from the card brands. If you comply with PCI-DSS, you help to protect sensitive cardholder data from hackers.

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