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Square Privacy Policy

Last Updated: 10 october 2012

This Privacy Policy describes the information Square collects about you, how we use and share that information, and the privacy choices we offer. This policy applies to information we collect when you sign up for Square; access or use our website, mobile applications, products, and services (collectively, the 'Services'); or when you otherwise interact with us. To be clear, this policy applies to information we collect if you make a payment through Square’s Services—even if you have not signed up for a Square account or downloaded one of our applications. This Privacy Policy does not, however, describe the practices of other Square users, including merchants, that may collect information from you when you interact with them through the Services, and we encourage you to ask them about their privacy practices before providing any information to them.

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make changes, we will notify you by posting the updated policy and revising the 'Last Updated' date above. We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you use our Services to stay informed about our information practices and about ways you can help protect your privacy.

Collection of Information

Information You Provide

We collect information you provide, such as when you sign up for a Square account, when you provide information as part of our identity verification process, or in the course of a transaction. We may collect, but are not limited to collecting, the following: basic user information, such as your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, photograph, and birth date; financial information, including bank account and payment card numbers; and other historical, contact, and demographic information.

We also collect information when you upload information to the Services about your products and services (including inventory and pricing data), participate in contests or promotions offered by Square or our partners, respond to our surveys, or otherwise communicate with us.

Information We Collect from Your Use of the Services

We collect information about you when you use our Services, including as follows:

  • Transaction Information. When you use our Services to make or accept payments, we collect information about when and where the transactions occurred, a description of the transactions, the payment amounts, and information about the devices and payment methods used to complete the transactions.Location Information. When one of our applications is open on your mobile device, we periodically receive information about the location of the device. We may also collect location information about your device if you are near a Square merchant with whom you have an open tab. For more information, please see 'Your Privacy Choices' below.
  • Device Information. We collect device-specific information when you access our Services, including your hardware model, operating system and version, unique device identifiers, mobile network information, and information about the device's interaction with our Services. We may also identify other software running on the device (but will not collect any content from such software) for anti-fraud and malware-prevention purposes.
  • Use Information. We collect information about how you use our Services, including your access times, browser types and language, and Internet Protocol ('IP') addresses.
  • Information Collected by Cookies and Web Beacons. We use various technologies to collect information, and this may include sending cookies to your computer or mobile device. Cookies are small data files that are stored on your hard drive or in device memory by a website. Among other things, cookies support the integrity of our registration process, retain your preferences and account settings, and help evaluate and compile aggregated statistics about user activity. We may also collect information using web beacons. Web beacons are electronic images that may be used in our Services or emails. We may use web beacons to deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage and campaign effectiveness, and determine whether an email has been opened and acted upon.
Information We Collect From Other Sources

We may also collect information about you from third parties, including but not limited to third-party verification services, credit bureaus, mailing list providers, and publicly available sources. This information may include your Social Insurance Number. By using our Services or applying for a Square Account you are authorizing and consenting to our obtaining from, and disclosing to, third parties, from time to time, any personal information about yourself as necessary in connection with the processing of a credit application and collection investigation. This includes, without limitation, the receipt and exchange of credit related information about yourself with any credit reporting agency, credit bureau and any person or corporation with whom you had, have or may have financial relations, which includes, but is not limited to, past, present & future places of employment and personal reporting agencies.

Your use of our Services or application for a Square Account will constitute your consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as set out in this privacy policy and to our use of your contact details to contact you for all purposes of applicable personal information privacy statutes, credit bureau reporting rules, anti-spam legislation and consumer protection legislation.

Third-Party Advertising and Analytics

We may allow third parties to serve advertisements in connection with our Services and to provide analytics services. These third parties may use cookies, web beacons, and other technologies to collect information, such as your IP addresses, identifiers associated with your mobile device or applications on the device, the browsers you use to visit our Services, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked, and conversion information. This information may be used by Square and other companies to analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests, and better understand your usage. This Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, third-party cookies, web beacons, or other tracking technologies, and we encourage you to check the privacy policies of these third parties to learn more about their privacy practices. For more information about targeted advertising specifically, or to opt out of having your browser information used for these purposes, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices and http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Use of Information

We use information about you to provide, maintain, and improve our Services and to deliver the information and support you request, including receipts, technical notices, security alerts, and support and administrative messages.

We also use information about you to improve and personalize the Services. To take just one example, when you sign up for a Square account, we may associate certain information with your new account, such as information about other accounts you have or had with Square and prior transactions you made through the Square Services.

We may use information we collect to send you news and information about our Services and to communicate with you about products, services, contests, promotions, incentives, and rewards offered by us and select partners.

We may also use information about you to track and analyze trends and usage in connection with our Services; to process and deliver contest and promotion entries and rewards; to protect our rights or property; to verify your identity; to investigate and prevent fraud or other illegal activities; and for any other purpose disclosed to you in connection with our Services.

We may, or we may use third-party service providers to, process and store personal information in the United States and other countries.

Sharing of Information

We may share personal information about you as follows:

  • With third parties to provide, maintain, and improve our Services, including service providers who access information about you to perform services on our behalf (e.g., fraud prevention and verification services), and including financial institutions, processors, payment card associations, and other entities that are part of the payment process;
  • With others who have signed up for Square accounts. For example, we may share information when you make or accept a payment using our Services. We may also share information about you when you are located near a Square merchant with whom you have an open tab;
  • With third parties that run advertising campaigns, contests, special offers, or other events or activities in connection with our Services;
  • In connection with, or during the negotiation of, any merger, sale of company stock or assets, financing, acquisition, divestiture, or dissolution of all or a portion of our business;
  • If we believe that disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request; to enforce applicable user agreements or policies; to protect the security or integrity of our Services; and to protect us, our users or the public from harm or illegal activities; and
  • With your consent.

We may also share aggregated, non-personally identifiable information with third parties.

Security

We take reasonable measures, including administrative, technical, and physical safeguards, to help protect personal information from loss, theft, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.

Consent

Your use of our Services or application for a Square Account will constitute your consent to our collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as set out in this privacy policy and to our use of your contact details to contact you for all purposes of applicable personal information privacy statutes, credit bureau reporting rules, anti-spam legislation and consumer protection legislation.

Your Privacy Choices

Personal Information

You may update or correct information about yourself by logging into your account at any time or by emailing us at privacy@squareup.com. You may also email us if you wish to deactivate your account, but even after you deactivate your account, we may retain archived copies of information about you and your transactions for a period of time that is consistent with applicable law.

Location Information

When you first launch any of our mobile applications, you will be asked to consent to the application's collection of location information. We currently require this location information in order to provide our Services, so if you do not consent to this collection, you cannot use our Services. If you initially consent to our collection of location information, you can subsequently stop our collection of location information at any time by changing the preferences on your mobile device. If you do so, the Square application will no longer function. You may also stop our collection of location information by following the standard uninstall process to remove all Square applications from your device.

Cookies

Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject cookies; however, our Services may not function properly if you do so.

Promotional Communications

You may opt out of receiving promotional emails or text messages from Square by following the instructions in those emails or text messages. If you opt out, we may still send you non-promotional communications, such as messages about your account or our ongoing business relations.

Contact Us

Please contact our Privacy Department with any questions or concerns regarding our policy.

Square, Inc.
1455 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94103