PCI SSC released another update yesterday related to digital audio recordings. The update provides further clarification (to the update on January 22) on the storage of sensitive data in digital audio recordings after authorizing transactions.

As always, RisknCompliance recommends that  organizations look at options to avoid storing CVV or like codes in their call center recordings after authorizing transactions. If the data is stored, they would be faced with the extra burden associated with compensatory controls (documentation, demonstrating effectiveness etc.)

(PCI SSC FAQ updates reproduced below)

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PCI SSC FAQ – 5362 dated February 18, 2010

Question: Are audio/voice recordings containing cardholder data and/or sensitive authentication data included in the scope of PCI DSS?

This response is intended to provide clarification for call centers that record cardholder data in audio recordings, and applies only to the storage of card validation codes and values (referred to as CAV2, CVC2, CVV2 or CID codes by the payment brands).

It is a violation of PCI DSS requirement 3.2 to store any sensitive authentication data, including card validation codes and values, after authorization even if encrypted.

It is therefore prohibited to use any form of digital audio recording (using formats such as wav, mp3 etc) for storing CAV2, CVC2, CVV2 or CID codes after authorization if that data can be queried; recognizing that multiple tools exist that potentially could query a variety of digital recordings.

Where technology exists to prevent recording of these data elements, such technology should be enabled.

If these recordings cannot be data mined, storage of CAV2, CVC2, CVV2 or CID codes after authorization may be permissible as long as appropriate validation has been performed. This includes the physical and logical protections defined in PCI DSS that must still be applied to these call recording formats.

This requirement does not supersede local or regional laws that may govern the retention of audio recordings.

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PCI SSC FAQ – 5362 dated January 22, 2010

“It is a violation of PCI DSS requirement 3.2 to store any sensitive authentication data, including card validation codes and values, after authorization even if encrypted.

It is therefore prohibited to use any form of digital audio recording (using formats such as wav, mp3 etc) for storing CAV2, CVC2, CVV2 or CID codes after authorization; as card data can easily be extracted using freely available software.

On an exception basis, storage of CAV2, CVC2, CVV2 or CID codes in an analog format after authorization is allowed; as these recordings cannot be data mined easily. However the physical and logical protections defined in PCI DSS must still be applied to these analog call recording formats.

Audio recording solutions that prevent the storage or facilitate the deletion of CAV2, CVC2, CVV2 or CID codes and other card data are commercially available from a number of vendors. All other recordings containing cardholder data captured by call centers must be protected in accordance with the PCI DSS, including PCI DSS requirement 3.4.”