The continued evolution of innovative technology to provide customers and merchants a convenient way to facilitate the shopping experience has introduced Mobile Payment applications to the public. Mobile Payments allow users to take payments and make purchases wherever credit cards are accepted using smartphones or tablets.
As exciting as Mobile Payment applications can be, they introduce a high level of new risk concerns that have not been approved by the PCI Council. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of requirements designed to ensure credit card processes are secure. UCLA must certify compliance to this standard annually. In other words, if you accept credit cards as payment at UCLA, PCI DSS requirements apply.
The University of California has not yet approved any Mobile Payment applications for use at this time, including Kuapay or Square. We are currently working with our QSA, Coalfire, to obtain information and discuss possibilities for future mobile payment technology use.
We appreciate your patience in this matter and hope to share mobile options in the near future.