SAN FRANCISCO — Though smart cards are being touted as the answer to online security concerns, many questions remain about how the technology should be deployed and how safe consumers will feel after they are armed with the cards, according to speakers at the Smart Card Forum’s eighth annual meeting.

Smart card issuers should see the security issue as one of confidence-building rather than one of risk management, said Richard K. Hite, a senior vice president at Visa International. “The inherent challenge in electronic commerce is maintaining acceptable levels of trust,” he said in a presentation at last week’s meeting.

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