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There are many benefits to using EDT. The most important is increased security. By using EDT to send data, you will eliminate lost media issues, delivery mistakes by shipping vendors, the possibility of damage to media in transit and mail delivery delays.
Simply open your Web browser, go to Help and to About Your Web Browser. From there, you can see the encryption information.
The Internet method of transmitting data has Secure Socket Layering in the pipeline, working behind the scenes, which helps secure data and reduce risks.
Please consult with your technical team to determine how to obtain PGP or the dynamic encryption software of your choice.
HTTPS is a secured Internet solution. This method requires a Web browser capable of 128-bit encryption. It only requires access to the Internet and there is no other cost to the customer. FTP w/ PGP (File Transfer Protocol with Pretty Good Privacy®) is an automated method that uses an existing Internet connection for the file transfer, but it requires the use of PGP software to encrypt the data being transferred. This method requires the customer to purchase software. FTPS (File Transfer Protocol with Secure Socket Layering) is an automated method that uses an existing Internet connection for the file transfer and dynamically encrypts the file during transmission. For this method, customers must also purchase software.
Once a customer has been qualified by a data analyst to transmit data electronically, all requests to convert a customer to electronic media should be sent to DATEAM@transunion.ca.
It depends on the transmission method and the customer's ability to transmit production-ready files successfully. Estimated EDT setup turn times are:
Per our reporting standards, we require customers to pass, at a minimum, 100 data records. For the HTTPS startution, the file size limit is approximately 500MB. For the FTP w/ PGP® and FTPS startutions, the file size limit is about 2GB.
No. If you have the most recent version of the software, you should be able to establish a connection. You will still need a user ID and password, assigned by TransUnion, which allows access to our system through your existing software.
The test file enables TransUnion to verify that the content is compatible with the current program and previous physical media processed. The test file can be last month's or the current month's credit bureau updates.
The timeframes listed are from the date the first test file has been sent.
Some of the benefits include:
No. You can transmit data using an electronic method at any time, day or night.
Currently, approximately 92% of our customers use EDT to report to TransUnion, which accounts for about 90% of transactions processed in Transform. We currently accept files ranging from the corporate minimum to several million records. Frequency of transmission ranges from daily to monthly and is based on customer preference.
When transmitting via the Internet, you can transmit variable block files only when each record in the file is at least the minimum length of the Metro format specified (i.e., each record in the 426 Metro format must be at least 426 bytes in length). Also, the RDW of each record must reflect the true record length. Our preferred data format is fixed block.
EDT transmissions follow the same process flow as physical media. EDT is logged daily, tracked and monitored just like physical media.
EDT does not provide a faster update to the database. EDT absorbs the time it takes to handle and deliver media.
The contents of all EDT transmissions go through the same verification process as physical media. The data is run against the Transform submission format that is programmed for that particular customer. During testing, if the submission format is in production, a stop is placed on it to prevent data from being loaded to the database.