First Data PCI Compliance fee

First Data announced a new PCI Compliance fee for all Tier 4 merchants. This bulletin will or already has been placed on merchant statements. Basically, they require all merchants to complete a self assessment survey and all merchants will be subject to a $79 annual compliance fee; non-compliance, including failing to respond, results in additional fees of $19.95 per month.

If you have not already completed one, please go to PCI Security Standards Council, download the
appropriate PCI SSC Self-Assessment Questionnaire, and immediately complete. All level 4 merchants should be in full compliance per the terms of accepting Visa, MasterCard etc. The PCI Data Security Standard Self-Assessment Questionnaire is a validation tool intended to assist merchants and service providers in self-evaluating their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

This fee will affect over 100,000 merchants because First Data is a huge partner with Independent Service Organizations (ISO’s). Even though you may have a merchant agreement with an ISO, such as First Payment Systems, the agreement will clearly state it is underwritten by First Data or another entity.

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