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Compliance Statement required by PCI Council

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The PCI council represents the credit card companies. They dictate to vendors that products must be assessed, certified, and approved by them in order to appear on the list of 'Accepted Products'. In the fine print that is part of their processes, the PCI council has a specific clause we must relay to you.

It is repeated verbatim below so that there can be no mistaking what we have been instructed to do.

Vendor shall comply with, and communicate (in a reasonably manner determined by Vendor) to all purchasers and other licensees of Vendor Products that have been Accepted under any of the Programs, the following statement:

“Acceptance and/or listing of a given product by the PCI Security Standards Council, LLC (PCI SSC) only applies to the specific version of that product that was reviewed by an assessor or test laboratory qualified by PCI SSC (Assessor) and subsequently accepted and listed by PCI SSC (the “Accepted Version”), and only while such acceptance and listing are in effect. If any aspect of a product or version thereof is different from that which was reviewed by the applicable Assessor and accepted and listed by PCI SSC – even if the different product or version (the “Alternate Version”) conforms to the basic product description of the Accepted Version – then the Alternate Version should not be considered accepted by PCI SSC, nor promoted as such. The authoritative lists of products currently accepted by PCI SSC can be found on the PCI SSC website at Please notify PCI SSC if you believe that any product purportedly accepted by PCI SSC does not appear on these lists.

No vendor or other third party may refer to a product as “PCI Approved” or “PCI SSC Approved”, and no vendor or other third party may otherwise state or imply that PCI SSC has, in whole or part, accepted or approved any aspect of a vendor or its services or products, except to the extent and subject to the terms and restrictions expressly set forth in a written agreement with PCI SSC, or in a corresponding letter of acceptance provided by PCI SSC. All other references to PCI SSC’s approval or acceptance of a product or version thereof are strictly and actively prohibited by PCI SSC, should be reported to PCI SSC, and constitute a breach of applicable PCI SSC program requirements.

When granted, PCI SSC acceptance is provided to signify the Assessor’s determination that the product has demonstrated achievement of certain security and operational characteristics important to the security of payment card data, but such acceptance does not under any circumstances include or imply any endorsement or warranty by PCI SSC regarding the product vendor, the product, or the functionality, quality, or performance of the product or any other product or service. PCI SSC does not warrant any products or services provided by third parties. PCI SSC acceptance does not, under any circumstances, include or imply any product warranties from PCI SSC, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for purpose or noninfringement, all of which are expressly disclaimed by PCI SSC. To the extent any rights or remedies regarding products or services that have received acceptance from PCI SSC are provided, those rights and remedies shall be provided by the party providing such products or services, and not by PCI SSC or any of its payment brand members.”