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Re: Don't Let ID Fraud Happen to You.

Alan Burkitt-Gray, London SE3, UK (
Thu, 14 Jul 2005 10:53:59 +0000

Gary Novosielski <> noticed wireless terminals for
credit card authorisation in France.

These have been common in France for at least 10 years (though no one
was ever sure about the encryption): France pioneered PINs for credit
card authorisation in the mid 1990s (hence the domination of the smart
card industry by French companies), and introduced the wireless
terminals at the same time.

Wireless credit card terminals are now fairly common outside France,
in other parts of Europe -- in trains, for ticket payment, and in
restaurants. Odd that they're not apparently in the US yet.

Alan Burkitt-Gray
Editor, Global Telecoms Business

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