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Why is Barclaycard putting so much pressure on me to become PCI DSS compliant?

As it is Barclaycard's duty to regularly report to VISA and MasterCard on the status of their merchants' PCI DSS compliance, we want to make sure that all our merchants are aware of their responsibilities.

It is the Card Schemes' prerogative to select merchants to investigate from the reports that Barclaycard submit, and to levy non compliance fines as a result.

Over and above this, there are compromise fines and fraud costs associated with any breaches.

It is therefore Barclaycard's responsibility to warn all its merchants of these risks, so they can take appropriate action. In such cases, non-compliant merchants will be liable for these fines.

Merchant validation of compliance shows the merchant has taken all reasonable steps to protect the card holder data in their charge. Going through the compliance process also helps the merchant to improve their processes and work more securely.

Barclaycard are not unique in requiring their merchants to be PCI DSS compliant, all card acquirers have the same responsibility.

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