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DataCash Ltd
IndustryFinancial services
Founded1996; 25 years ago (1996)
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
ServicesPayment services

DataCash is a payment processing company which offers a global gateway to secure multi-channel payment processing, fraud and risk management services. Founded in 1996, it has been a division of MasterCard since 2010.[1]


Founded by entrepreneurs Gavin Breeze and Dave MacRae in 1996 as a payment gateway intended to serve the needs of the emerging e-commerce channel, a series of early mergers and acquisitions led to expansion within specific markets (notably, the airline and travel sectors) as well as coverage of the cardholder present environment.

In 2009, the company significantly expanded its fraud offering with the acquisition of The 3rd Man, a fraud and risk management technology company.[2][3] [4][5]

In early 2012, DataCash was announced as a white-label partner to supply Elavon's global e-commerce gateway in Europe, as part of the American bank's expansion plans.[6][7] Similar announcements followed in 2013, most notably involving the Brazilian multi-brand acquirer Redecard[8] and the shopping reward scheme Shopitize.[9]


  1. ^ "Hey, Big Spender – MasterCard Buys DataCash For $520 Million In Cash". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  2. ^ "Datacash tracks down the 3rd Man". The Register. December 28, 2008.
  3. ^ "Datacash offer for 3rd Man declared unconditional". Finextra. January 19, 2009.
  4. ^ Elena Moya (Aug 19, 2010). "DataCash jumps 51% after it agrees takeover bid by MasterCard". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Philip Stafford (Aug 19, 2010). "MasterCard in software fightback". Financial Times.
  6. ^ "Elavon, DataCash to release e-commerce gateway service". About Payments. February 22, 2012. Archived from the original on May 28, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "DataCash launches white label payment gateway; Elavon first on board". FinExtra. March 2012.
  8. ^ "DataCash, Redecard release e-commerce solution in Brazil". The Paypers. May 29, 2013.
  9. ^ "DataCash and Shopitize partner to enable cashback payments through mobile app". Finextra. August 19, 2013.

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