Portland promises it’s safe to use credit cards

City auditor discovered the city failed security requirements since 2009

A chip-based credit card, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A chip-based credit card, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After seven years, the city of Portland can finally tell you that is safe to give them your credit card information.

Last year, more than 10 million payments were made to the city using credit cards for things like parking meters, paying water bills and paying the city arts tax.

The city couldn’t guarantee it met basic security standards, however. The city auditor discovered the city failed security requirements since 2009.

On Wednesday, the city auditor announced they have finally received proof that Portland meets standards set by the credit card industry.

“The city had to go through an external assessor, an outside company that assesses merchants for their compliance with these standards as well as a report of compliance to the bank that processes the city’s transactions. It took awhile, the good news is after seven years of not complying, now the city does follow the national standards,” Drummond Kahn with the Auditor’s Office tells KOIN.

The city turned over its credit card business to a company experienced in processing cards securely.

The auditor says 97% of similar organizations already met the security standards the city can just now guarantee.

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