August 25, 2017 12:00 am

8.24.17: Your morning briefing

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Emerging payments on the agenda in Australia: Many countries are dealing with issues such as ATM access, changes in identity security and emerging virtual currencies, and the Reserve Bank of Australia has placed all three on the Payments Systems Board’s agenda. Finextra reports the board has not issued mandates yet, but has discussed the development of a digital identity framework to make payments and other interactions more secure. The board is also discussing the future of the ATM access code and will consider demands for a central-bank supported digital cash. The board is partly responding to the Australian credit union CUA and Travelex, which plans to issue a digital identity platform in partnership with the Australian post office.

Blockchain grants: Digital currency Dash and blockchain web services company BlockCyper are operating a program for startups and established companies that want to develop blockchain-based technology. The program is seeking projects with a viable business model, go-to-market plan and the ability to support use cases on Dash’s network. One of the early companies to receive a grant is the Petientory Foundation, which is integrating the Dash public blockchain with its own private blockchain, using BlockCypher’s APIs to process health care payments. “We will be the first health care blockchain to show interoperability between blockchain networks,” said Chrissa McFarlane, CEO of Patientory, in a release. “This is a major leap forward for how blockchains can be used to process health care claims payments.”

British ID fraud spikes: There were 89,000 incidents of identity fraud in the U.K. in the first half of 2017, up 5% from 2016, according to Cifas, a U.K. fraud prevention service, which reports there are now more than 500 identities stolen each day in the U.K., where other types of payments fraud are also increasing. A vast majority, 83%, of the identity fraud took place online. There’s been an increase in loan, telco, online retail and insurance fraud, according to Cifas. That has cut into the share of fraud incidents in bank and card accounts, though those two categories still make up more than half of the incidents. Fraudsters use several methods, such as stealing mail, buying data on the dark web, hacking social media or luring consumers through social engineering.

Faster cross-border payments: Mobile payments company Terrapay and money transfer provider Instant Cash are partnering to support international payments to mobile wallets in near-real time. The companies will power remittances to mobile wallets in Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, mostly through mobile numbers and bank accounts. Other participants in the network are MPesa, Tigo Pesa, Airtel Money and Zantel Ezy Pesa. The companies plan to expand the service to other countries after the initial rollout. The partnership will bring speed to the mobile money initiatives that have extended financial services across Africa over the past decade, just as faster processing advances for other types of payments.

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