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PCI DSS & Travel Agent Compliance Requirements

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is a global data security standard to protect confidential payment card information against theft. Airlines have demanded that IATA support their own internal compliance project by making the BSP card sales channel PCI DSS compliant. This is why IATA Accredited Travel Agents now need to become PCI DSS compliant. On this page you will find the procedure to follow to comply with this standard.

Overview Compliance Procedure

​What is PCI DSS

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council is responsible for managing the security standards for the payment card industry. There are 5 main payment card brands which took part in the creation of this Council: American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard, and Visa Inc.

The Council operates in:

  • Establishing and sustaining a worldwide data security standard with the aim to protect the card holders’ accounts information
  • Minimizing the Data Security Standard (DSS) implementation costs and lead time
  • Accommodating transparency, while giving the stakeholders the opportunity to contribute in the continued improvement, expansion and diffusion of the data security standards
  • Listing all the global security providers in order to aid in the compliance process through ensuring that the main standards are understood and implemented correctly so as to create a secure payment solution

The PCI Security Standards Council affects a large number of people globally. It serves those who are working or are in association with payment cards such as:

  • Merchants of all sizes
  • Financial institutions
  • Point-of-sale vendors
  • Hardware and software developers who are responsible for building up and operating the worldwide infrastructure for processing payments

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