General Terms of Service
Last updated: October 1, 2020
**Effective Date in Quebec: October 31, 2020
These General Terms of Service (“General Terms”) are a legal agreement between you (“you,” “your”) and: Square, Inc. (“Square, Inc.”); and, for American Express payment services, Visa Merchant Direct Exchange payment services, and debit card processing on the Interac Association network, Square Canada, Inc. (“Square Canada”); and for the use of Subscription Services (as defined in Section 10 below) billed in Canadian dollars and Square hardware, Square Technologies, Inc. (“Square Technologies,” and together with Square, Inc. and Square Canada, collectively and individually according to context, ”Square,” “we,” “our” or “us”) and govern your use of Square’s services, including mobile applications, websites, software, hardware, and other products and services (collectively, the “Services”), whether such Services are provided by Square, Inc., Square Canada, Square Technologies, or a subsidiary or affiliate of Square. By using any of the Services you agree to these General Terms, and any other policies referenced within (“Policies”), including terms that limit our liability (see Section 18) and require individual arbitration for any potential legal dispute (see Section 21). You also agree to any additional terms specific to the Services you use (“Additional Terms”), which are linked to below for your reference. If you are using the Services on behalf of a business, you agree that you accept all these terms and have authority to enter into these terms on behalf of that business. You should read all of our terms carefully.
- Payment Terms: These terms apply to all payments made through the Services.
- Additional Point of Sale Terms of Service: These terms apply when you use Square Point of Sale.
2. Square Account Registration
You must open an account with Square (a “Square Account”) to use the Services. During registration, we will ask you for information including your name and other personal information. You must provide accurate and complete information in response to our questions and keep that information current. You are fully responsible for all activity that occurs under your Square Account, including for any actions taken by persons to whom you have granted access to the Square Account.
3. Revisions, Disclosures and Notices
We may amend the General Terms, any Additional Terms, or our Policies, at any time with notice that we deem to be reasonable in the circumstances and in accordance with applicable law or code of conduct, by posting the revised version on our website or communicating it to you through the Services (each a “Revised Version”). The Revised Version will be effective as of the time it is posted. Your continued use of the Services after the posting of a Revised Version constitutes your acceptance of such Revised Version. However, any Dispute (as defined in Section 20) that arose before the changes will be governed by the applicable terms and policies in place when the Dispute arose.
You agree to Square’s E-Sign Consent. We may provide disclosures and notices required by law and other information about your Square Account to you electronically, by posting it on our website, pushing notifications through the Services, or by emailing it to the email address listed in your Square Account. Electronic disclosures and notices have the same meaning and effect as if we had provided you with paper copies. Such disclosures and notices are considered received by you within twenty-four (24) hours of the time posted to our website, or within twenty-four (24) hours of the time emailed to you unless we receive notice that the email was not delivered. If you wish to withdraw your consent to receiving electronic communications, contact Square Support. If we are not able to support your request, you may need to terminate your Square Account.
You may not, nor may you permit any third party, directly or indirectly, to:
(a) directly or indirectly export the Services, which may be subject to export restrictions imposed by Canadian law, including the Exports and Imports Permit Act (Canada); (b) access or monitor any material or information on any Square system using any manual process or robot, spider, scraper, or other automated means; (c) except to the extent that any restriction is expressly prohibited by law, violate the restrictions in any robot exclusion headers on any Service, work around, bypass, or circumvent any of the technical limitations of the Services, use any tool to enable features or functionalities that are otherwise disabled in the Services, or decompile, disassemble or otherwise reverse engineer the Services; (d) perform or attempt to perform any actions that would interfere with the proper working of the Services, prevent access to or use of the Services by our other customers, or impose an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure; (e) copy, reproduce, alter, modify, create derivative works, publicly display, republish, upload, post, transmit, resell or distribute in any way material, information or Services from Square; (f) use and benefit from the Services via a rental, lease, timesharing, service bureau or other arrangement; (g) transfer any rights granted to you under these General Terms or any Additional Terms; (h) use the Services in a way that distracts or prevents you from obeying traffic or safety laws; (i) use the Services for the sale of firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, weapons or other devices designed to cause physical harm; (j) use the Services for any illegal activity or goods or in any way that exposes you, other Square users, our partners, or Square to harm; or (k) otherwise use the Services except as expressly allowed under these General Terms and applicable Additional Terms.
If we reasonably suspect that your Square Account has been used for an unauthorized, illegal, or criminal purpose, you give us express authorization to share information about you, your Square Account, and any of your transactions with law enforcement.
5. Compatible Mobile Devices and Third Party Carriers
We do not warrant that the Services will be compatible with your mobile device or carrier. Your use of the Services may be subject to the terms of your agreements with your mobile device manufacturer or your carrier. You may not use a modified device to use the Services if the modification is contrary to the manufacturer’s software or hardware guidelines, including disabling hardware or software controls—sometimes referred to as “jail broken.”
6. Your Content
The Services may include functionality for uploading or providing photos, logos, products, loyalty programs, promotions, advertisements and other materials or information (“Content”).
You grant us and our subsidiaries, affiliates, and successors a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully-paid, transferable, and sub-licensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, prepare derivative works of, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display your Content throughout the world in any media in order to provide and promote the Services. You retain all rights in your Content, subject to the rights you granted to us in these General Terms. You may modify or remove your Content via your Square Account or by terminating your Square Account, but your Content may persist in historical, archived or cached copies and versions thereof available on or through the Services.
You will not upload or provide Content or otherwise post, transmit, distribute, or disseminate through the Services any material that: (a) is false, misleading, unlawful, obscene, indecent, lewd, pornographic, defamatory, libelous, threatening, harassing, hateful, abusive, or inflammatory; (b) encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or gives rise to civil liability; (c) breaches any duty toward or rights of any person or entity, including rights of publicity, privacy or trademark; (d) contains corrupted data or any other harmful, disruptive, or destructive files; (e) advertises products or services competitive with Square’s or its partners’ products and services, as determined by us in our sole discretion; (f) in our sole judgment, is objectionable, restricts or inhibits any person or entity from using or enjoying any portion of the Services, or which may expose Square, its affiliates, its customers or its partners to harm or liability of any nature; or (g) was obtained in breach of any applicable law, including personal privacy statutes, anti-spam legislation and consumer protection laws.
Although we have no obligation to monitor any Content, we have absolute discretion to remove Content at any time and for any reason without notice. You understand that by using the Services, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, indecent, or objectionable. We take no responsibility and assume no liability for any Content, including any loss of or damage to any of your Content.
7. Copyright and Trademark Infringement
Square respects the copyright and trademark rights of others and asks you to do the same. Square has adopted a Copyright & Trademark Policy regarding claims that third party material infringes the copyrights or trademarks of others. Square responds to all valid notices of such copyright and trademark infringement, and it is Square’s policy to suspend or terminate the access privileges of those who repeatedly infringe the copyrights and trademarks of others.
We have implemented technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration, or disclosure. However, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes. You provide your personal information at your own risk.
You are responsible for safeguarding your password and for restricting access to the Services from your compatible mobile devices and computer(s). You will immediately notify us of any unauthorized use of your password or Square Account or any other breach of security. Notwithstanding Sections 20 and 21, in the event of any dispute between two or more parties as to account ownership, we will be the sole arbiter of such dispute in our sole discretion. Our decision (which may include termination or suspension of any Square Account subject to dispute) will be final and binding on all parties.
You consent to accept and receive communications from us, including e-mail, text messages, calls, and push notifications to the cellular telephone number you provide to us. These communications may be generated by automatic telephone dialing systems which will deliver prerecorded messages, including for the purposes of secondary authentication, receipts, reminders and other notifications. Standard message and data rates applied by your cell phone carrier may apply to the text messages we send you. You may opt-out of receiving communications by following the unsubscribe options we provide to you in those communications. You acknowledge that opting out of receiving communications may impact your use of the Services.
10. Paid Services
Square may offer Services to be paid for on a recurring basis (“Subscription Services”) or on an as-used basis (“A La Carte Services” and, together with the Subscription Services, “Paid Services”). Square has the right to change, delete, discontinue or impose conditions on Paid Services or any feature or aspect of a Paid Service. Subscription Services may subject you to recurring fees and/or terms. By signing up for a Subscription Service, including after any free trial period, you agree to pay us the subscription fee and any applicable taxes as set forth in your Square Account settings or as otherwise agreed in writing (“Subscription Fee”). A La Carte Services may subject you to fees charged per usage and/or terms. By using an A La Carte Service, you agree to pay the fees and any taxes incurred at the time of usage (“A La Carte Fees” and, together with Subscription Fees, the “Paid Service Fees”). All Paid Service Fees are denominated in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise specified.
Paid Service Fees may be paid by debit card, credit card, or deducted from your transaction proceeds. If you link a debit or credit card to your account, you authorize us to collect Paid Service Fees by debit from your linked debit card or charge to your linked credit card. Regardless of payment device, we reserve the right to collect Paid Service Fees by deduction from your transaction proceeds, the Balance (as defined in the Payment Terms) in your Square Account or your linked bank account.
Unless otherwise provided in a Subscription Service’s terms, Subscription Fees will be charged on the 1st of every month until cancelled. You may cancel a Subscription Service at any time from your Square Account settings. If you cancel a Subscription Service, you will continue to have access to that Subscription Service through the end of your then current billing period, but you will not be entitled to a refund or credit for any Subscription Fee already due or paid. We reserve the right to change our Subscription Fee upon thirty (30) days’ advance notice. Your continued use of Subscription Services after notice of a change to our Subscription Fee will constitute your agreement to such changes.
We may terminate these General Terms or any Additional Terms, or suspend or terminate your Square Account or your access to any Service, at any time upon notice to you. You may terminate the General Terms and Additional Terms applicable to your Square Account by deactivating your Square Account at any time.
12. Effect of Termination
If these General Terms or your Square Account is terminated or suspended for any reason: (a) the license and any other rights granted under these General Terms and any Additional Terms will end, (b) we may (but have no obligation to) delete your information and account data stored on our servers, and (c) we will not be liable to you or any third party for compensation, reimbursement, or damages for any termination or suspension of the Services, or for deletion of your information or account data. In addition to any payment obligations under the Payment Terms, the following sections of these General Terms survive and remain in effect in accordance with their terms upon termination: 6 (Your Content), 7 (Copyright and Trademark Infringement), 12 (Effect of Termination), 14 (Ownership), 15 (Indemnity), 16 (Representations and Warranties), 17 (No Warranties), 18 (Limitation of Liability and Damages), 19 (Third Party Products), 20 (Disputes), 21 (Binding Individual Arbitration), 22 (Governing Law), 23 (Limitation on Time to Initiate a Dispute), 24 (Assignment), 25 (Third Party Service and Links to Other Web Sites), and 26 (Other Provisions).
13. Your License
We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, revocable, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license to use the software that is part of the Services, as authorized in these General Terms. We may make software updates to the Services available to you, which you must install to continue using the Services. Any such software updates may be subject to additional terms made known to you at that time.
We reserve all rights not expressly granted to you in these General Terms. We own all rights, title, interest, copyright and other worldwide Intellectual Property Rights (as defined below) in the Services and all copies of the Services. These General Terms do not grant you any rights to our trademarks or service marks.
For the purposes of these General Terms, “Intellectual Property Rights” means all patent rights, copyright rights, mask work rights, moral rights, rights of publicity, trademark, trade dress and service mark rights, goodwill, trade secret rights, and other intellectual property rights that may exist now or come into existence in the future, and all of their applications, registrations, renewals and extensions, under the laws of any province, country, territory or other jurisdiction.
You may submit comments or ideas about the Services (“Ideas”). By submitting any Idea, you agree that your disclosure is gratuitous, unsolicited, and without restriction, that it will not place us under any fiduciary, confidentiality or other obligation, and that we are free to use the Idea without any additional compensation to you, and/or to disclose the Idea on a non-confidential basis or otherwise to anyone.
You will indemnify, defend, and hold us and our processors (and our respective employees, directors, agents, affiliates and representatives) harmless from and against any and all claims, costs, losses, damages, judgments, tax assessments, penalties, interest, and expenses (including reasonable legal’ fees) arising out of any claim, action, audit, investigation, inquiry, or other proceeding instituted by a person or entity that arises out of or relates to: (a) any actual or alleged breach of your representations, warranties, or obligations set forth in these General Terms or any applicable Additional Terms; (b) your wrongful or improper use of the Services; (c) your violation of any third-party right, including any right of privacy, publicity rights or Intellectual Property Rights; (d) your violation of any law, rule or regulation of Canada (including its provinces and territories) or any other country; and (e) any other party’s access and/or use of the Services with your unique name, password or other appropriate security code.
16. Representations and Warranties
You represent and warrant to us that: (a) you are at least eighteen (18) years of age; (b) you are eligible to register and use the Services and have the right, power, and ability to enter into and perform under these General Terms; (c) any information you provide accurately and truthfully represents your business or personal identity under which you sell goods and services; (d) you and all transactions initiated by you will comply with all federal, provincial, territorial, and local laws, rules, and regulations applicable to you and/or your business, including all laws governing the protection of personal information, anti-spam legislation and consumer protection laws; (e) you will not use the Services, directly or indirectly, for any fraudulent undertaking or in any manner so as to interfere with the operation of the Services; and (f) your use of the Services will be in compliance with these General Terms.
17. No Warranties
THE USE OF “SQUARE” IN SECTIONS 17 AND 18 MEANS SQUARE, ITS PROCESSORS, ITS SUPPLIERS, AND ITS LICENSORS (AND THEIR RESPECTIVE SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, AND EMPLOYEES).
THE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, OR STATUTORY. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, SQUARE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.
SQUARE DOES NOT WARRANT OR GUARANTEE THAT THE SERVICES ARE ACCURATE, RELIABLE OR CORRECT; THAT THE SERVICES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS; THAT THE SERVICES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME OR LOCATION, UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR-FREE, WITHOUT DEFECT OR SECURE; THAT ANY DEFECTS OR ERRORS WILL BE CORRECTED; OR THAT THE SERVICES ARE FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS.
Square does not warrant, endorse, guarantee, or assume responsibility for any product or services advertised or offered by a third party. Square does not have control of, or liability for, goods or services that are paid for using the Services.
18. Limitations of Liability and Damages
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL SQUARE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, THAT RESULT FROM THE USE OF, INABILITY TO USE, OR UNAVAILABILITY OF THE SERVICES. IN ALL CASES, SQUARE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT IS NOT REASONABLY FORESEEABLE.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL SQUARE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE, LOSS, OR INJURY RESULTING FROM HACKING, TAMPERING, OR OTHER UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OR USE OF THE SERVICES OR YOUR SQUARE ACCOUNT, OR THE INFORMATION CONTAINED THEREIN.
TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF SQUARE IS LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF (A) THE AMOUNT OF FEES EARNED BY US IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES DURING THE THREE (3) MONTH PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE EVENT GIVING RISE TO THE CLAIM FOR LIABILITY, OR (B) $500.
The Services may be controlled and operated from facilities in the United States. Square makes no representations that the Services are appropriate or available for use other than in Canada. Those who access or use the Services from other jurisdictions do so at their own volition and are entirely responsible for compliance with all applicable Canadian and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to export and import regulations. You represent that you are not a person or entity described or designated under the provisions of any Canadian anti-terrorism or sanctions legislation (including under the Criminal Code (Canada), the Special Economic Measures Act (Canada) or the United Nations Act (Canada), or any associated regulations thereof) (a “Listed Person”). You may not use the Services if you are or become a Listed Person. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all materials found on the Services are solely directed to individuals, companies, or other entities located in Canada.
19. Third Party Products
All third party hardware and other products included or sold with the Services are provided solely according to the warranty and other terms specified by the manufacturer, who is solely responsible for service and support for its product. For service, support, or warranty assistance, you should contact the manufacturer directly. SQUARE MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO SUCH THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
“Disputes” are defined as any claim, controversy, or dispute between you and Square, its processors, suppliers or licensors (or their respective affiliates, agents, directors or employees), including any claims relating in any way to these General Terms, any Additional Terms, or the Services, or any other aspect of our relationship.
21. Binding Individual Arbitration
You and Square agree to arbitrate any and all Disputes by a neutral arbitrator who has the power to award the same damages and relief that a court can. ANY ARBITRATION UNDER THESE GENERAL TERMS WILL ONLY BE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS; CLASS ARBITRATIONS, CLASS ACTIONS, PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS, REPRESENTATIVE ACTIONS AND CONSOLIDATION WITH OTHER ARBITRATIONS ARE NOT PERMITTED. YOU WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR CASE DECIDED BY A JURY AND YOU WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION AGAINST SQUARE. If any provision of this arbitration agreement is found unenforceable, the unenforceable provision will be severed, and the remaining arbitration terms will be enforced (but in no case will there be a class or representative arbitration). All Disputes will be resolved finally and exclusively by binding individual arbitration with a single arbitrator administered by the American Arbitration Association (https://www.adr.org), where such arbitration is conducted in the United States, or JAMS (https://www.jamsadr.com) or the International Centre for Dispute Resolution Canada (https://www.icdr.org), where such arbitration is conducted in Canada. The Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16, fully applies to any arbitration that takes place within the United States. Consumer claimants (individuals whose transaction is intended for personal, family, or household use) may elect to pursue their claims in their local small-claims court rather than through arbitration so long as their matter remains in small claims court and proceeds only on an individual (non-class or non-representative) basis. If you are a consumer bringing a claim relating to personal, household, or family use under a consumer protection law of a province or territory, any arbitration hearing will occur within such jurisdiction and be governed by the laws of such jurisdiction. Otherwise, any arbitration hearing will occur in: (a) San Francisco, California, for Disputes involving Square, Inc.; (b) Toronto, Ontario, for Disputes involving Square Canada and/or Square Technologies; (c) another mutually agreeable location; or (d) a location ordered by the arbitrator. The arbitrator’s award will be binding on the parties and may be entered as a judgment in any court of competent jurisdiction. We will pay the arbitration fees due to the arbitrator for individual arbitrations brought in accordance with this section. If you prevail on any claim for which you are legally entitled to legal fees, you may seek to recover those fees from the arbitrator. For any claim where you are seeking relief, we will not seek to have you pay our legal fees, even if fees might otherwise be awarded, unless the arbitrator determines that your claim was frivolous. For purposes of this arbitration provision, references to you and Square also include respective subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors, successors and assigns as well as authorized users or beneficiaries of the Services. Subject to and without waiver of the arbitration provisions above: (i) you agree that any judicial proceedings (other than small claims actions in consumer cases) involving Square, Inc. will be brought in and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the state courts in the City and County of San Francisco, California, or federal court for the Northern District of California; and (ii) you agree that any judicial proceedings (other than small claims actions in consumer cases) involving Square Canada and/or Square Technologies will be brought in and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the provincial or federal courts in the City of Toronto, Ontario.
22. Governing Law
With respect to Square, Inc., these General Terms, any Additional Terms and any related Dispute will be governed by California law and/or applicable United States federal law (including the Federal Arbitration Act) as applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within California, without regard to choice of law or conflicts of law principles. With respect to Square Canada and/or Square Technologies, these General Terms, any Additional Terms and any related Dispute will be governed by Ontario law and/or applicable Canadian federal law, without regard to choice of law or conflicts of law principles.
23. Limitation on Time to Initiate a Dispute
Any action or proceeding by you relating to any Dispute must commence within one year after the cause of action accrues or you shall be deemed to have waived any such right.
These General Terms, any Additional Terms and any rights and licenses granted hereunder or thereunder may not be transferred or assigned by you and any attempted transfer or assignment will be null and void.
25. Third Party Services and Links to Other Web Sites
26. Other Provisions
These General Terms, and any applicable Additional Terms or Policies, are a complete statement of the agreement between you and Square regarding the Services. In the event of a conflict between these General Terms and any other Square agreement or Policy, these General Terms will prevail and control the subject matter of such conflict. If any provision of these General Terms or any Additional Term is invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, then it will be changed and interpreted to accomplish the objectives of such provision to the greatest extent possible under applicable law, and the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect. These General Terms do not limit any rights that we may have under trade secret, copyright, patent, or other laws. No waiver of any term of these General Terms will be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or any other term.
27. Contact Information
Please contact Square Support for all customer support and account related inquiries. Square, Inc.’s corporate address and telephone number are 1455 Market Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA, (415) 375-3176. Square Canada’s corporate address and telephone number are 5000 Yonge Street, Suite 1501, Toronto, Ontario M2G 7E9, Canada, (416) 204-0032. Square Technologies’ corporate address and telephone number are 5000 Yonge Street, Suite 1501, Toronto, Ontario M2G 7E9, Canada, (416) 204-0032.
The parties have requested that these General Terms, applicable Additional Terms and all related documents be drawn up in English only. Les parties aux présentes ont exigé que le présent contrat et tous les documents qui s’y rattachent soient rédigés en anglais seulement.