PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It was developed by the PCI Security Standards Council to help organizations that process card payments prevent credit card fraud, hacking, and other vulnerabilities. Compliance is required of all merchants who wish to accept any type of payment card (credit, debit, etc.), where they store customer data (as in a database or on a website), and where they process transactions (again, either online or off). This applies to both brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers.
The PCI Security Standards Council was formed by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide and Visa Inc. in 2006. The council was formed to take a more public stance on how credit card information should be protected and shared, as well as to better educate the public. Since inception, the PCI Security Standards Council has been drafting stricter guidelines for security of payment information.
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