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Banks to phase out magnetic strip cards by 2022

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, March 13, 2021   /  03:12 pm
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A person making a payment with a debit card.(Mastercard/File)

Indonesia’s big four banks are increasing their efforts to phase out magnetic strip debit cards and replace them with chip-based cards to comply with Bank Indonesia’s (BI) directive to improve the nation’s digital security. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Central Asia (BCA) and Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) have ramped up their card-swapping programs, as they are slated to block almost all such cards starting on Jan. 1, 2022, as required by BI Circular Letter No. 17, issued in 2015. The regulation exempts customers who agree with their banks to store less than Rp 5 million (US$347.2) in an account. “We are actively migrating our ATM and debit cards by continuing to encourage our customers to switch their cards,” BRI corporate secretary Aestika Oryza Gunarto told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. BRI, the largest of the nation’s b...