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The EMV-based track data stored on the EMV chip does not include the card validation code stored on the magnetic stripe, Billett noted.
Aside from magnetic stripe cards, it also supports ISO 7816 Class A, B and C smart cards, MCU cards with T=0 or T=1 protocol, and most memory cards.
The major credit card issuers had been seeking a technological solution for the problem of 'skimming'--copying the magnetically-encoded data from the magnetic stripe to counterfeit or stolen cards, a practice that enabled criminals to rack up large fraudulent purchases.
In addition, magnetic stripe cards can work with an enormous array of readers.