Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Chip 'n' Pin

UK is driving towards a new Chip & PIN system for credit-card verification. Come Feb 14, you'll be expected to have a credit card with a chip, and use a PIN rather than signature for your purchase. According to the website that explains the new system, international customers (ie from all those countries without chip-enabled credit cards) will still be able to go on using our signatures.

Today (3 weeks before that day) I've already been challenged by Amex Travel and the Post Office to supply a chip-enabled card or not get access to a product or service. My feeling is that this problem will be widespread.

Just booked a weekend in Brighton. I hope the chips are better there.

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