Mozilla announces agnostic, safe payment system for the Web

The Mozilla Foundation has previewed a new, experimental system for in-app payments that is intended to solve several major problems with existing payment systems available to developers, including the fact that other payment systems are strongly partisan, tilted to one or just a few payment processors. It's a good and useful thing, and an example of the sort of good that a well-funded nonprofit can do for the health of the Web:

Here’s what’s wrong:

* Users cannot choose how to pay; they have to select from one of the pre-defined options.
* In most cases, the user has to type in an actual credit card number on each site. This is like giving someone the keys to your expensive car, letting them drive it around the block in a potentially dangerous neighborhood (the web) and saying please don’t get carjacked!
* Merchants typically have to manage all this on their own: payment processor setup, costly processing fees, and possibly even PCI compliance.

There are services to mitigate a lot of these complications such as PayPal, Stripe, and others but they aren’t integrated into web devices very well. Mozilla wants to introduce a common web API to make payments easy and secure on web devices yet still as flexible as the checkout button for merchants.

Introducing navigator.mozPay() For Web Payments [ McMillan]

(via /.)


  1. next step: app to buy bitcoins to get around paypal and credit card blocking mt gox and other bitcoin sellers.

  2. I’d go with this, just because it isn’t PayPal.  I haven’t had the horrible problems with PayPal that some others have had, but they are not exactly helpful when stuff goes wrong.

    1. paypal has a history of abusing their position: blocking payments to wikileaks, blocking payments to mt gox, blocking payments to anyone who makes payments to those people, and freezing payment for anyone the government doesn’t like.

      now maybe they have to, its possible that hidden within the trillions of legislation about money laundering there is some part that says if you take money and make payments with it you are liable for that transaction, and there may be some equally arcane bit of legalese that requires anyone who deals with money to be the bitch of the government, im not sure, but it pisses me off.

      or maybe it’s a faustian bargain with the credit card companies, or some form of corruption with all of the above.

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