The state of Minnesota recently codified part of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (PCI) framework into actual law. Thus, Minnesota has essentially become the first state to codify the PCI standards into actual law; an actual watershed decision to say the least, with many states soon to follow in their footsteps. In fact, Texas and California have taken great interest in PCI, as witnessed by both their respective bodies of legislatures introducing PCI provisions into the Senate and House chambers. Though TX and CA were unsuccessful in passing any actual law that would of become codified, it does signal the growing strength that the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) initiatives are having around the country.
It seems likely that many other states will follow in the footsteps of MN, TX, and CA. Thus, merchants and service providers should be aware that they will be soon, if not already, under the compliance radar regarding PCI DSS compliance.
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