Three data-security and payment processors have linked technologies to create a cloud-based advanced encryption payment system designed to protect payment card data and provide storage away from Columbia Sportswear Co. point-of-sale terminals.

Equinox Payments LLC, Voltage Security Inc. and Merchant Link developed the security software and payment system in response to Portland, Ore.-based Columbia Sportswear’s request to ease its Payment Card Industry security standards compliance requirements by avoiding the storage of payments data on site at any of its 54 retail locations nationwide, the companies announced Jan. 11.

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