Syntec Blog

Data protection hots up in Europe, the USA and now Australia

Data protection is indeed a hot topic at the moment.  GDPR raises the temperature significantly in the UK and the rest of Europe from May this year, whilst similar legislation is in effect in the USA and was recently introduced in Australia too.  All but two states in America require organizations to notify individuals of […]

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The history of DTMF in contact centers

The image of dual tone multi frequency signaling (DTMF) has come in for a makeover recently in  contact centers.  The engine behind automated IVR menus for many years, it also now facilitates new ‘keypad payment by phone’ technology to help keep customers’ card numbers safe when paying over the phone for goods and services. The […]

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Pause and resume is dead

We ran a webinar recently about PCI DSS in call centers and asked the attendees what they were doing about PCI compliance for ‘card not present’ (CNP) phone payments. 27% said they were using ‘pause and resume call recording’ (also known as ‘stop/start’) to avoid capturing credit and debit card numbers, either agent- operated or as an […]

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Cash is no longer king – how does this affect the payment card industry?

It’s just been reported by the British Retail Consortium that payment by card now accounts for more transactions than all other payment types combined in the UK. In particular, there’s been a massive growth in the use of contactless card payments, so much so that there’s speculation that we may be moving towards becoming a […]

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How PCI compliance can help you achieve GDPR compliance too

As you probably know, there’s a lot of pressure on organizations to ensure that they are compliant with the new EU GDPR regulations by 2018. At Syntec we’re increasingly asked how PCI DSS and GDPR are related. In this blog I’ll discuss the overlap between the two and how PCI compliance can help you then build […]

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The evolution of Syntec

When my wife was in hospital in the late 1990s, I saw that the numbers given for the bedside phones were attached to that handset, so if you moved bed you had to have a new number given to you, which was inconvenient for everyone involved. I realised there was an opportunity to create portable […]

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