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Heartland Payment Systems' PCI Compliance Is Reinstated

Visa gives payment services provider the green light following 2008 megabreach
Heartland Payment Systems, which exposed the personal information of millions of credit card customers in a major data breach last year, has been given its PCI compliance back.

Visa, which decertified the then-compliant Heartland following its 2008 breach, will list the payment service provider as compliant when it posts its new Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) list today, according to a notice posted on Heartland's breach site.

"Heartland Payment Systems has successfully validated its compliance with PCI DSS," the notice says.

Many of Heartland's customers had expressed concern that the payment services provider's decertification would jeopardize their own PCI compliance. Heartland had been certified as compliant when the breach occurred.

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