Mastercard launches Mastercard Crypto Credential to boost trust in blockchain

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Mastercard launches Mastercard Crypto Credential to boost trust in blockchain Duncan is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in journalism. Having launched his tech journalism career as editor of Arabian Computer News in Dubai, he has since edited an array of tech and digital marketing publications, including Computer Business Review, TechWeekEurope, Figaro Digital, Digit and Marketing Gazette.

Mastercard has introduced Mastercard Crypto Credential, a set of common standards and infrastructure that will help verify interactions among consumers and businesses using blockchain networks.

Mastercard Crypto Credential aims to provide a foundation for financial institutions, governments, brands, and crypto players, ensuring that those interested in interacting across web3 environments are meeting defined standards for the types of activities they’d like to pursue.

Raj Dhamodharan, executive VP, Blockchain and Digital Currencies at Mastercard, said: “Setting up and scaling trusted ecosystems to enable commerce is not new to Mastercard.

“We’ve done this for years in payments – pioneering innovation in identity verification and global standards. We look forward to bringing decades of experience to this space to enhance trust and work with the broader industry and governments to enable further innovation.”

There are several use cases that Mastercard Crypto Credential can unlock, as the types of consumer verification vary widely based on market and compliance requirements. Mastercard Crypto Credential will not only define verification levels but also provide necessary enabling technology to help bring more use cases to life. Some ways in which Mastercard Crypto Credential will work:

1. Providing easy to remember, straightforward aliases to help consumers share wallet addresses with one another, improving the consumer experience and reducing the potential for errors 

2. Bringing richer information to blockchain transactions through metadata, helping to define criteria for a wallet to help ensure that transactions are completed as intended 

3. Tapping into CipherTrace’s suite of services to help verify addresses and support Travel Rule compliance for cross border transactions 

LiriumBit2MeMercado Bitcoin and Uphold are the first partners to join Mastercard in this journey, working on an initial project to enable transfers between U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean corridors. Mastercard is also teaming up with public blockchain network organizations Aptos LabsAva LabsPolygon and The Solana Foundation, who will help bring Mastercard Crypto Credential to the application developers in their ecosystems. Together, Mastercard and these partners will collaborate to enhance verification in NFTs, ticketing, enterprise and other payments solutions.

Walter Pimenta, executive VP, Product and Engineering, Latin America and the Caribbean, said: “Latin America and the Caribbean is among the top regions for digital assets adoption and remittances leveraging digital assets as means of value exchange. Mastercard Crypto Credential could help to address key challenges that have traditionally hindered mainstream usage of this type of use cases, driving more industry players to join this space in a meaningful way.”

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