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December 2015, Volume 1, 2, pp 53-58

Security Issues with Contactless Bank Cards

Brendan McBride


Nigel McKelvey


Kevin Curran

Brendan McBride 1 Nigel McKelvey 1 ,
Kevin Curran 3

  1. School of Computing, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland 1

  2. School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, Faculty of Computing and Engineering, University of Ulster, Londonderry, Northern Ireland 3

Pages: 53-58

DOI: 10.18488/journal.104/2015.1.2/

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Contactless bank cards have been issued steadily to banking customers over the past four years and this trend has continued to grow rapidly more recently. We want to highlight a list of security issues as well as privacy threats to be concerned with when using such contactless bank cards. Further advances in smartphone technology applications can lead to new threats in relation to contactless bank cards. This study contributes to the literature as it highlights data protection issues in Ireland and also highlights the major push by authorities to adopt a cashless banking society which could potentially lead to further data protection problems in Ireland. 
Contribution/ Originality
This study is one of very few studies which have investigated the potential security issues facing customers in Ireland who use contactless bank cards. The study documents many security concerns and offers definitions and examples of relatively new terms.




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