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Re: [Payments Architecture] A vision statement for the web payments architecture work

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 15:02:42 -0500
Cc: Web Payments IG <public-webpayments-ig@w3.org>, Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>
Message-Id: <98515171-926C-463B-B0B3-5B4BB7517DD5@w3.org>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>

> On May 19, 2015, at 1:17 PM, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:
> On 05/19/2015 02:02 PM, Adrian Hope-Bailie wrote:
>> Personally I think some mention of security is necessary but if there
>> is a consensus that it is not I'll happily drop it.
> I'm strongly in favor of keeping the statement about security in the
> vision document.
> I understand what Melvin is getting at, but I don't think we can get
> away with saying nothing about security in the vision primarily because
> most other people won't understand the nuances of decentralized systems
> scaling security up as their size grows (e.g. Bitcoin).

Although I am satisfied with "Being secure by design” here’s another perspective: security is
SO important to payments it deserves a bullet in the list that follows. For example, something like:

  * Supports a wide spectrum of security needs to meet industry and regulatory expectations.
    To meet regulatory requirements and give people enough confidence to use the Web for
    payments, the architecture must support a wide spectrum of security requirements and
    solutions. This includes the ability to encrypt strongly both sensitive information and the
    channels used to exchange the information, as well as supporting an evolving variety of
    authentication techniques (multifactor, biometric, etc.). Trust in the Web of payments
    is critical to its success.


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