Electronic methods of administration and payment

This credit card reader and wireless connection allow people to use their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, through the use of(Electronic Balance Transfer) EBT cards, Baltimore Bucks, and debit card.at the Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar on Sunday, July 8, 2012 in Baltimore, MD. Today marked the new wireless capability that supports portable terminal use to accept  "SNAP participation at farmers' markets helps provide fresh fruit and vegetables to families and expands the customer base for local farmers in the Delmarva area, a win-win for agriculture and local communities," said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. "And when we couple SNAP access at farmers' markets with strategies like education, cooking demonstrations, and community support in the Baltimore area, consumption of healthy foods has potential to grow even more." USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

The use of information communication technology (ICT) in social security administration is increasing worldwide.  E-services can facilitate access and the extension of coverage, the delivery of benefits, contribution collection and other administrative processes. At the same time, the introduction of electronic methods poses some challenges, especially in countries with limited financial and human resources, and with weak legal frameworks to ensure effective protection of personal data and privacy.


Photo credit: “20120708-OSEC-LSC-0435” by U.S. Department of Agriculture (CCBY 2.0 via Flickr).


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