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Re: Credit-card payments on the Web - Stuck in its 1998 form

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:42:22 -0400
Message-ID: <5252AC2E.3060103@openlinksw.com>
To: public-webpayments@w3.org
On 10/6/13 4:02 PM, Anders Rundgren wrote:
> Exactly.
>
> And browser's were not designed for performing secure transactions either.
>
> That is, there is no foundation for payment standards in this space
> unless you have some 10 years or so to spend.

Browsers are poor tools for any kind of secure interaction with 
protected data. Even when they implement PKI, they ultimately get the 
UX/UI wrong. That said, and this is really important to understand, they 
are but one type of HTTP user agent. As the mobile space demonstrates, a 
Web Browser doesn't have totally own how end-users interact with HTTP 
accessible resources.

Thus, we don't need to wait 10 years to fix this problem. The standards 
being discussed and shaped on this list will go a long way towards 
fixing this problem i.e., decoupling the solution from a specific type 
of HTTP user agent :-)

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