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What is Cardholder Data

Cardholder data is defined by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) as the complete Primary Account Number (PAN) or the complete PAN. It can include any of the following components:

  • Name of the cardholder
  • Date of expiration
  • Service number

Also as per PCI DSS, the delicate verification must be protected. Among this data are:

  • whole data on magnetic stripes
  • PIN blocks and PINs
  • CAV2
  • CVC2
  • CVV2
  • CID

Simply put, cardholder data is the Information associated with a payment card that is entrusted to a merchant during a transaction.