[PCI DSS 3.0] [PCI DSS 3.0] 12.8.2 Maintain a written agreement that includes an acknowledgement that the service providers are

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12.8.2 Maintain a written agreement that includes an acknowledgement that the service providers are responsible for the security of cardholder data the service providers possess or otherwise store, process or transmit on behalf of the customer, or to the extent that they could impact the security of the customer’s cardholder data environment.

Note: The exact wording of an acknowledgement will depend on the agreement between the two parties, the details of the service being provided, and the responsibilities assigned to each party. The acknowledgement does not have to include the exact wording provided in this requirement.

12.8.2 Observe written agreements and confirm they include an acknowledgement by service providers that they are responsible for the security of cardholder data the service providers possess or otherwise store, process or transmit on behalf of the customer, or to the extent that they could
impact the security of the customer’s cardholder data
environment.

The acknowledgement of the service providers evidences their commitment to maintaining proper security of cardholder data that it obtains from its clients.
In conjunction with Requirement 12.9, this requirement for written agreements between organizations and service provides is intended to promote a consistent level of understanding between parties about their applicable PCI DSS responsibilities. For example, the agreement may include the applicable PCI DSS requirements to be maintained as part of the provided service.
 
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