Security

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Google Pay was designed to provide the flexibility required for an open platform and protection for all users: the cardholder, merchant, network, the merchant’s acquiring bank, and the card issuing bank.

Highlights of Google Pay’s security features include:

  • Network tokenization standards: When a cardholder makes a purchase using a device token, Google Pay sends the token's DPAN rather than the FPAN of the card. This “tokenization” provides your cardholders with an extra layer of security.
  • Secure in-memory storage of limited-use keys (LUKs): Your cardholder’s mobile device stores the primary key that generates transaction cryptograms for contactless transactions. No other primary key data is stored on the device.
  • Cardholders authorize payments: When ready to make a purchase, we use device unlock to enforce network rules for high-value and low-value transactions in your country. This process serves as the Cardholder Verification Method (CVM) and replicates the security of entering a server-verified PIN entry. You can view payments limits on locked devices at this page
  • Device integrity is validated through Android's SafetyNet Attestation API.
  • The Android OS security model which protects system resources, isolates application data, and verifies app signatures.
  • Application-defined and user-granted permissions

For more details on Android's security model, read the Android Security Reports.

Google Pay Security Whitepaper

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