RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
It could soon get easier to use those debit cards to buy groceries or other small purchases. Visa is no longer requiring debit card users to punch in PIN numbers to buy goods that cost less than $25. The move comes after a Justice Department probe into debit card competition and whether Visa was making it hard to use its cards on rival networks. The change went into effect this week, although it may take time for banks to install the technology that allows for PIN-free purchases.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.