Morning Brief 10.18.19: European regulators are the latest to delay strong authentication

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Missed deadlines

Tougher identity security standards in Europe were supposed to go into effect in September, but that deadline for Strong Customer Authentication proved too difficult for many companies to meet — so some agencies started moving the goalposts.

The problem was the deadline relief wasn't the same for all jurisdictions, so the European Banking Authority has set a new deadline of December 31, 2020, which is designed to harmonize the overall migration, reports Finextra.

The EBA had already granted exceptions, though on a case-by-case basis, and required petitioners to submit a roadmap for compliance. There's still some variance, as U.K. Finance is pushing an additional year for hospitality and travel businesses.

Who's only taking cash?

Mastercard has launched a campaign in India that invites consumers to "nominate" merchants that do not accept digital payments.

Mastercard in turn will work with local merchant acquirers and the Confederation of All India Traders, a trade group for Indian small businesses, to encourage the business to adopt digital payments.

Since India's government removed a large portion of the country's cash from circulation in 2016, companies have aggressively pushed payment technology. Mastercard has been at odds with the government at times, pushing back against India's local data storage requirements.

Going big in Indonesia

Boku has partnered with GoPay, Go-Jek's payments platform, to support digital payments for Boku's merchants in Indonesia.

GoPay processes about half of the payments made on Go-Jek's platform, which is expanding as Go-Jek diversifies its services and enters new markets following an investment from Visa.

Go-Jek's roots are in ride-sharing, though it has added more than 20 on-demand services such as food delivery and financial services.

A win for the machines

Machine learning is advancing in the U.K., with two-thirds of financial institutions adopting forms of artificial intelligence.

Payment-related risk is a big beneficiary, with anti-money laundering and payment fraud detection being primary back-office use cases, reports the Bank of England. Customer service and credit risk management are also using AI.

These are similar to common global use cases for AI, which has become widely used to streamline payment risk management, improve workflows for e-commerce transactions and aid credit unions' resource sharing.

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