CCPA for Customers of Square Sellers
If you are a California resident, and are a customer of a seller that uses Square, under the CCPA (the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, which comes into effect on January 1, 2020), you may have the right to make a data request from that business. Not all Square sellers may be subject to the CCPA. Please take a look at Square’s CCPA FAQs for information on the CCPA and how it may apply to our sellers.
Please note that Square functions as a service provider to sellers for most of its services, and in that context does not directly interact with consumers, and does not have visibility into all of the personal information that a seller may process about you itself, or with the assistance of other service providers.
Under the CCPA, if you are a California resident, you may request the following details from a Square seller regarding the preceding 12 months:
the categories of personal information the seller collected about you;
the specific pieces of personal information the seller collected about you;
the categories of sources from which the seller collected your personal information;
the business or commercial purposes for collecting or “selling” your personal information;
the categories of your personal information that the seller shared with third parties;
the categories of your personal information that the seller “sold” to third parties (and the third parties to whom they “sold” it); and
the categories of your personal information that the seller disclosed for a “business purpose” (and the third parties to whom they disclosed it).
The CCPA also grants you the right to:
request that the seller delete the personal information the seller collected from you (subject to certain exceptions), and
if the business “sells” your personal information, opt out of the “sale” of your personal information to third parties
If you have questions about the personal information that a Square seller holds about you, ask that Square seller whether they have obligations under CCPA, and if so, to supply you with the information you need by visiting the seller’s website or store, or calling the seller at their listed phone number.
In addition, if you elect to use certain Buyer Features provided by Square, you can exercise your CCPA rights and make requests about the data we use for the Buyer Features by going to Square profile. These Buyer Features are offered directly to you, the consumer. Square has independent obligations with respect to these features, and will provide you with your rights under CCPA accordingly.
The California Attorney General is responsible for enforcing businesses’ compliance with the CCPA. If you are a California resident, you can visit the Attorney General’s website to find more information about your privacy rights.
This article is intended to offer helpful guidance, and should not be interpreted as legal advice. You should consult a legal expert regarding your rights under the CCPA.