Wow.... aggressive actions from Payment Card Industry to crack down on security. Overall, I think it's a good thing. It's always hard to balance between flexibility and security but in the case of credit card and personal information, I would favor security.
StorefrontBacktalk - Techniques, Tools, and Tirades about Retail Technology and E-CommerceIn what some software vendors dub a shakedown, a PCI list of compliant applications—which retailers will soon be limited to purchasing from, if they want to stay PCI compliant—is excluding software vendors who decline to pay a financial tribute to PCI.
The potentially even worse perception problem is if retailers see the list as a series of advertisers and not as a comprehensive list of all compliant applications. It’s not clear, though, what recourse such merchants would have if they did perceive it that way. But anything that would undermine the perceived credibility of PCI as it tries to establish its independence from Visa can’t be good.