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Five At Five: Facebook Wants To Buy More Cybersecurity

Five at Five: Payments News

Welcome to Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Today’s coverage includes the latest way that Facebook could boost its security and reputation, along with a new retail push to reduce waste. SWIFT wants to beef up its own protections, Citi Ventures invests in mobile payment controls, and Visa has a new B2B and digital ID tool.

Facebook Is Looking to Buy a Cybersecurity Company

Facebook was prompted to look for a cybersecurity buy in part because of its latest breach, which it has said was the largest in its history. In that breach, it initially thought 50 million user accounts were impacted, but has reduced that to around 29 million.

‘Eco-Conscious’ Shops Emerge to Battle Food Waste

These stores seek to have customers bring their own containers and sell items in bulk. New York’s Filling Station, for instance, sells items like salt and olive oil that shoppers buy with reusable packaging to reduce waste.

SWIFT Launches Payment Controls to Beef up Protections

SWIFT announced that availability of these services commercially marks a major milestone for its customer security program, which is a community initiative launched in 2016 aimed at increasing security and trust across the financial community around the globe.

Ondot, Citi Deal Promotes More Consumer Control of Mobile Payments

Ondot has “secured a strategic funding investment” from Citi Ventures that will help Ondot expand internationally and develop products. Financial institutions can integrate Ondot’s app or API into existing services to “give consumers increased control over and visibility into their personal payment transactions.”

Visa B2B Connect to Use Digital IDs for X-Border Payments

B2B Connect’s digital identity feature tokenizes an organization’s sensitive data, such as banking details and account numbers, giving them a unique identifier that can be used to securely facilitate transactions on the platform.

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NEW PYMNTS DATA: HOW WE SHOP – SEPTEMBER 2020 

The How We Shop Report, a PYMNTS collaboration with PayPal, aims to understand how consumers of all ages and incomes are shifting to shopping and paying online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research builds on a series of studies conducted since March, surveying more than 16,000 consumers on how their shopping habits and payments preferences are changing as the crisis continues. This report focuses on our latest survey of 2,163 respondents and examines how their increased appetite for online commerce and digital touchless methods, such as QR codes, contactless cards and digital wallets, is poised to shape the post-pandemic economy.

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