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Spy games
Ant Financial contends it did not unfairly gather intelligence from Equifax as it built the Credit Sesame service in China three years ago.

The Wall Street Journal connected Ant to a report Equifax made to the FBI claiming it was being spied on. Ant reportedly offered to triple the salaries of some Chinese staffers at Equifax who could provide information on Equifax and would be willing to join Ant's credit scoring initiative. Ant also allegedly spied to obtain code, data and documents to recruit staff. Ant denied all of the accusations, saying such acts are a violation of its code of business conduct.

It's not the first time Ant has had to explain its behavior related to Sesame. In January it apologized for enrolling consumers in the service without their knowledge.
Make good
Mt. Gox's corporate creditors may soon get refunds stemming from the bitcoin exchange's bankruptcy four years ago.

The exchange's rehabilitation trustee says creditors can file claims to retrieve locked bitcoin stemming from Mt.Gox's collapse.

At one time the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Mt. Gox went bankrupt following the loss of more than 750,000 bitcoins, hackings and an unpayable debt.

Public/private partnership
Like Canada, the U.K. is updating most of the country's payment infrastructure to accommodate digital payments, open banking and faster processing.

As part of the project, the U.K.'s New Payment System Operator is recruiting companies to join advisory groups that will guide the development of the new ecosystem.

The initial working groups will cover procurement, data security, resilience, standards, and the interaction between clearing and settlement.

Don't do the crime
The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee has approved tougher sentences for payments crime.

The measure covers crime involving cards, electronic wallets, mobile payments and virtual currencies and is designed to fill gaps in older banking crime laws that were passed before mobile technology.

It's the second time this week European regulators have tightened payment rules, following a move to take more control over money laundering regulation.

From the Web

Biometric payments to take centre stage in Ireland, as 1 in 4 online sales will require further security next year
Irish Tech News | Fri September 14, 2018 - With new EU regulations coming into place next September 14th, Mastercard is predicting a significant increase in the use of biometric technology to authenticate who is paying. With regards to card payments, currently just 1-2% of online transactions in Ireland require cardholder authentication, through 3D Secure, to complete a transaction (most likely using a password), but this is set to rise to up to 25% or 1 in 4 payments from next autumn.

In 'golden age' of branded credit cards, shoppers cash in
ABC News | Thu September 13, 2018 - Credit cards that are affiliated with brands — such as American Airlines, Uber, L.L. Bean and Ikea — are suddenly amping up rewards for everyday purchases at restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores. These rewards cards, co-branded by the issuer and a retail brand, were formerly one-trick ponies that were best for purchases at a single merchant only.

Taiwanese mobile wallet startup CoolBitX receives US$13M from SBI Holdings, others
Yahoo News | Fri September 14, 2018 - Taiwanese crypto hardware wallet manufacturer CoolBitX has received US$13 million in funding from investors, including Japanese VC investor SBI Holdings, Midana Capital, OwlTing, Kyber Capital, and Bitmain. Concurrently, the startup has also announced a partnership with Singapore-based Litecoin Foundation.

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