Claranet has announced it has achieved Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) accreditation across its range of UK data centres.

Online retailers who store credit card details, customer information and transactional data in Claranet's data centres are now compliant with sections nine and 12 of the security standard and do not need PCI DSS accreditation for these elements of the standard.

Michel Robert, managing director of Claranet, said: “We took the decision to become PCI DSS compliant after experiencing significant growth in managed services for online retailers.

“After realising the long process retailers go through to meet compliancy requirements, we felt that we could simplify things for them by ensuring we were compliant across the whole range of our UK data centres.”

Ann Summers' head of IT service delivery, Mel Wilcox, commented: “With the growth of our e-commerce business and with more people using the internet to make payments, meeting PCI DSS requirements is essential to us and something that we take very seriously.

“As our current web infrastructure is hosted with Claranet, their compliance is an absolute necessity. If our e-commerce strategy leads us to host more Ann Summers' websites in any of Claranet's data centres, it is reassuring to know that Claranet has already taken care of their PCI DSS compliance status and that this would be something we would not have to cover off ourselves.”