8/28/2009 11:16:00 AM
Home Office announcement hints contactless payments not far off
Guidelines to stop criminals abusing Near Field Communications (NFC) technology have been announced by Home Office minister, Alan Campbell (pictured).
NFC technology, which has already been trialled by Orange and O2, allows users to make payments using their mobiles – similar to an Oyster card – and is currently being used in Japan and Germany. The announcement is an indication that the payment system is not far off being launched.
The guidelines were drawn up in partnership with the mobile and card payment industries.
Recommendations include; that the payment function is stopped as soon as possible if a phone is stolen; any transactions over a maximum amount will need to be verified by a pin number; and users of the technology will be encouraged to add their details to the national mobile phone register.
Home Office minister Alan Campbell said: ‘These guidelines are an important step forward in protecting the public from criminals. I am pleased that the mobile and banking industries have worked with us to ensure that the public are protected at the earliest opportunity.
Telcomunications Fraud Forum CEO, Jack Wraith said: ‘The partnership, between the customer and their home network, is core to the customer experience in using mobile phones and while the banking industry develops payment applications the mobile phone industry will continue to provide support, advice and best practice to protect this experience.’
He added: ‘The mobile phone industry welcomes the support of the Government and police in the ongoing fight to prevent criminals from benefiting from mobile phone theft.’