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Payment Industry Term: Card Issuer

Payment Industry terms can be confusing. In addition to the hundreds of various interchange fees, payment compliance standards, and complex statements, the merchant is also tasked with understanding industry jargon. Card Issuer, when used in context with payment processing, means:

Card Issuer – 1) The financial institution or retailer that authorizes the issuance of a card to a consumer (or another organization), and is liable for the use of the card. The issuer retains full authority over the use of the card by the person to whom the card is issued. 2) Any bank or organization that issues, or causes to be issued, bankcards to those who apply for them. 3) Any organization that uses or issues a personal identification number (PIN).

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