Payments by Credit Card to the Government of Alberta
Many government departments accept credit card payments for a variety of goods and services. For instance, taxpayers in Alberta can pay for the following things with their credit cards:
- Christmas tree permits
- Textbooks for schools
- Books on bee-keeping
- Speeding violation payments
- Campsite registrations
- Museum tickets
- FOIP request fees
There are many other goods and services where credit card payments are accepted.
Every year, Albertans make more than one million payments to the provincial government using credit or debit cards. Given the large number of transactions taking place, it is easy to see why keeping credit card numbers secure is a priority for the Alberta government. In recent years, the credit card industry has become increasingly concerned with how organizations manage the care, custody and control of credit and debit card information. Thieves and fraudsters look for opportunities to steal this sensitive information so they can profit from its illegal use. This fraud costs the payment industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually in Canada.
The Government of Alberta has the most modern security processes available to protect all types of taxpayer information. This includes taking steps to optimize the security of credit and debit cardholder data which is used in making card payments by taxpayers.
Organizations wishing to accept credit or debit cards are required to achieve Payment Card Industry (PCI) Compliance. This standard is set by the PCI Standards Council, which is an international organization that was established by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard Worldwide, and Visa Inc. The Government of Alberta is working towards achieving its initial PCI Compliance by the end of 2013, which is well within the stated timelines as determined by the PCI Standards Council.
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