In this article
- What are SCA and 3D Secure 2?
- How will SCA and 3D Secure 2 impact my usage of BookingSync?
- How will SCA and 3D Secure 2 impact my guests?
What are SCA and 3D Secure 2?
On the 14th of September 2019, a new set of European standards and procedures related to online payments, called Strong Consumer Authentication (SCA), is scheduled to come into force. This is the part of Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) which is a new European regulation aiming to standardize and improve the security of electronic payments, including online payments.
3D Secure 2 (3DS2) is a new standard for authenticating online payments, which commonly uses additional SMS and/or email authentication for payments, on top of other security measures. It is the most common technical solution for performing Strong Consumer Authentication.
How will SCA and 3D Secure 2 impact my usage of BookingSync?
Which payments will be subject to 3DS2?
3DS2 selects payments which need additional authentication, based on a variety of different factors, including, but not limited to: value of the transaction, its type, who initiated the transaction, number of payments made with no authentication previously and many more. In addition, different banks and other financial institutions differ on some technical aspects of 3DS2. What is more, national financial regulators in Europe have agreed to a variety of transition periods starting on 14th September 2019, during which they will not enforce 3DS2 fully.
This unpredictable landscape, makes it very hard to create a single set of rules, describing whether any given payment made while using BookingSync will be subject to 3DS2 authentication or not. However, it is certain that when making payments, you will be required to undergo 3DS2 authentication much more often than before, which will increase the security of the payments that you make.
How is BookingSync prepared to support 3DS2?
Despite the complicated regulatory and technical landscape, at BookingSync we have made preparations to support 3DS2 authentication within all the payment flows you may encounter. Not all payments made after September 14th, 2019 will require authentication, but since it is difficult to reliably predict which of them will, as this is based on many factors, we support authentication for all the cases you might face.
For these payments which originate directly from your actions, such as adding a credit card to your account, you will be instantly redirected to 3DS2 authentication page.
For so called off-session payments, such as when adding a new rental or being charged for your subscription, you will receive an email prompting you to authenticate the payment with a link redirecting you to an authentication page.
If you want to decrease the number of occurrences of the authentication, it is advisable to re-enter your account credit card details after 14th September, 2019. This is related to the internal working of payment gateway used for billing your account.
Please note: the authentication page itself will be served by the bank or other financial institution which is processing the payment. These are not issued by BookingSync.
How will SCA and 3D Secure 2 impact my guests?
For a detailed description of the impact of new regulations on the payments that your guests make please see: How will SCA and 3D Secure 2 impact my guests?