01Nov, 2017

Service Provider

A service provider is an entity that stores, processes or transmits cardholder data on behalf of merchants. Examples of service providers include hosting and payment services for merchants. Such providers do not have direct service provider contractual relationships with acquiring institutions, other than for their own merchant activities, but nonetheless still fall into scope for the PCI DSS where they store process or transmit payment cards on behalf of merchants. It is the merchant responsibility to ensure the service provider used to operate in a way that is compliant with the PCI DSS.

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