Mobile Payments: The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing

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Mobile Payments: The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing

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Ever use your smartphone to pay for parking or split the dinner bill with a friend? More people are using their phones as a mobile wallet and most mobile transactions work just fine. But with technology constantly evolving the rules that should protect consumers simply haven’t caught up.

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Who Is Regulating Mobile Payments?

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Every day, Americans use their smartphones to transfer money, pay for goods and services, and make donations. These transactions are collectively referred to as mobile payments. This infographic provides an overview of the many federal agencies that oversee the mobile payments marketplace, including payment processors and products.

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The Legal Framework of Mobile Payments

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As the popularity of mobile payments grows, it becomes increasingly important to understand the legal framework in which these transactions take place.

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Mobile Payments

Regulatory gaps, ambiguities, and overlap

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Mobile payments enable consumers to make financial transactions using their smartphones via a website, by sending a text message, or through an app. This technology, in turn, relies on many other consumer products and services, including credit, debit, and prepaid cards; wireless carriers; and nonbank providers such as Apple, Samsung, Google Wallet, and PayPal.

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