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Congress is looking into mobile payments security

House Energy & Commerce Committee is looking into concerns regarding mobile payments security

Mobile payments will reach a new high this year in the United States, powering by the growing adoption of new payment services that allow consumers to shop online more conveniently. According to recent reports from CNET and Juniper Research, some two-thirds of adults in the country now own a smartphone, with approximately 36 million people expected to make a mobile transaction this year. This information was presented to a hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has been expressing concerns regarding mobile payments fraud.

Security continues to be a significant problem in the mobile space

Security in the mobile payments field has been a point of concern for federal officials for some time. Many consumers have become the victims of fraud in the past, following high-profile data breaches that targeted some of the country’s largest retailers. The hearing found that while most mobile payments solutions are, indeed, quite secure, they do not have the same legal and legislative protections that more conventional payment solutions enjoy.

Committee will not yet be taking legislative action on mobile security

mobile payments and securityThe House Energy & Commerce Committee has noted that the hearing was a preliminary hearing concerning mobile payments security. The committee has not yet announced plans concerning what can be done to improve security. As such, there will be no legislative action taken on issues regarding security for the time being. The committee is seeking more information from stakeholders in the mobile payments space. This information could be used to improve the overall mobile payments space, ensuring that consumer information is well protected in the future.

Ensuring the security of consumer information remains a top priority in the mobile space

The mobile payments space is still relatively new. While many of the organizations participating in this space have extensive experience regarding commerce, they are finding the mobile space to be exposed to significant risks that they are still attempting to adapt to. More regulatory oversight may be needed to ensure consumer protection, but the federal government must collect more data before taking any significant legislative action on the matter.

China is the world’s largest mobile commerce market

Report shows that China is the fastest growing mobile commerce market in the world

China has become the world’s fastest growing and largest mobile commerce market, according to a report from Juniper Research. The report shows that online purchases from mobile devices have increased significantly over the past few years, with many consumers favoring the convenience of mobile shopping. E-commerce is also growing quickly, as more people show their interest in shopping from home rather than visit physical stores. Doing so allows them to avoid crowds and shop at their leisure.

Online sales in China are expected grow by 60% in China by 2018

Juniper Research predicts that annual purchases made through mobile devices and desktops will reach 125 billion globally by 2018, which China accounting for the majority portion of the purchases being made. By 2018, online sales in China will grow by more than 60%. Juniper Research suggests that the primary driver of this growth is “commuter commerce,” which refers to those with long commutes relying on their mobile devices to get their shopping done. Rapidly expanding mobile Internet networks are also making it easier for consumers to shop online wherever they may be.

China’s e-commerce sales reached $450 billion last year

China Mobile Commerce MarketThe report shows that China has already overtaken the United States when it comes to mobile purchases. Last year, there was some $450 billion in e-commerce sales in China compared to the $296 billion in e-commerce sales made in the United States. Of the companies that have found success in China’s mobile commerce market, Alibaba has, perhaps, established the greatest lead over others. This retailer alone saw more than 330 million consumers use its platform in 2014.

Security risks may have a dramatic affect on China’s growing mobile commerce market

While mobile commerce is growing rapidly throughout China, security risks may eventually slow the growth of the market. Serious risks are beginning to emerge that threaten the safety of consumer financial information. Businesses are also being threatened by these risks, which is beginning to affect their enthusiasm about mobile commerce in general.