Mastercard Virtual Wallet Contest Overview:
- who: The Federal Trade Commission has ordered Mastercard to stop blocking the use of competing debit payment networks.
- why: The agency says the practice is an unfair trade tactic that harms competition.
- Where: The order is active in the United States.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered an end to “unlawful trade tactics” that Mastercard is using to coerce merchants to make debit card payments through its payment network, and the use of competing debit cards. Mastercard is needed to prevent payment network.
under a Proposed FTC OrderMastercard will have to start providing competing networks with the customer account information they need to process debit payments the company was allegedly using to keep them out of the e-commerce debit payments business. The commission had said on 23 December. Statement,
The FTC said the practice violated provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.
“This is a victory for consumers and merchants who rely on debit card payments to conduct their businesses,” said Holly Vedova, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.
Mastercard Broke Law By Blocking E-Commerce Transactions From Going Through Alternative Payment Card Networks, Order States
According to the FTC, when a customer presents their debit card to make a purchase, the network transmits the payment information to the card’s associated bank for approval, and then passes the payment approval or decline back to the merchant.
Payment card networks compete for the business of the banks that issue the cards and for the business of the merchants that accept card payments. The FTC noted that MasterCard, along with Visa, is one of the two major payment card networks in the United States. It states that processing fees totaling billions of dollars are collected by the network every year.
“To foster greater competition among payment card networks, Congress enacted a provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, known as the Durbin Amendment, that requires banks to have at least two unaffiliated cards on each debit card.” Networks are required to be enabled, giving merchants a choice of which network to use for a given debit transaction.”
The FTC alleged that MasterCard was flouting the law by instituting policies to prevent e-commerce transactions saved in e-wallets using MasterCard-branded debit cards, which compared to MasterCard. Low cost networks are also included.
According to the FTC, Mastercard refused to provide conversion services to competing networks for remote eWallet debit transactions, making it impossible for merchants to route their eWallet transactions over a network other than Mastercard’s.
Under the FTC consent order, when a competing network receives a token to process a debit card payment, Mastercard requires them to provide the customer’s personal account number that matches the token.
The order also prohibits Mastercard from taking any action to prevent competitors from providing their own payment token service or providing tokens on Mastercard-branded debit cards and requires Mastercard to comply with the provisions of Regulation II.
Earlier this year, Costco Closed a 17-year-old multi-district case and reached a Deal with Visa, MasterCard, and multiple banks The wholesale retailer was accused of conspiring to charge merchants anti-competitive high transaction fees when consumers used their credit cards.