Usually newer tech means faster tech but that's not the case with EMV. Chip based cards are actually slower than mag based cards because there's a lot more data being transferred back and forth compared to the swipe. Your card, the POS system and your card issuer are having a high tech chat that includes encryption and randomizing your data. More secure, yes. More time consuming? That too.
In these post-Target-breach days of heightened worry about credit card fraud, the arrival of EMV (which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa -- the card companies that spurred its creation) in America is a big deal. After all, about half of the world's credit card fraud reportedly happens in the U.S., due in large part to our preference for mag stripe cards.
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