Credit card security plans could crimp holiday e-shopping

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While online retailers are bracing for an onslaught of holiday e-shopping, results from the latest @plan Internet Poll of 1,000 adult active Internet users indicate increased concerns about credit card security pose a substantial threat to the growth of e-commerce. According to the poll, 52% of the U.S. adult Internet population expects to be making online purchases during the upcoming holiday season, yet American adult Internet users who say they will not make online purchases this holiday season have concerns about giving a credit card number over the Internet. Of this group, 63% say that giving a credit card number over the Internet is a "major" barrier to online purchasing.

Copyright October 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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