Past Policy Updates
This page shows important changes that were made to the PayPal service, its User Agreement, or other policies.
*For past policy updates earlier than May 2013, please view this pdf.
*For past policy updates between June 2013 and Dec 2018, please view this pdf.
This page informs users in advance of important changes to the PayPal service, its User Agreement, or other policies. This page displays policy updates with future effective dates. Go to “Past Policy Updates” for previous policy updates.
AMENDMENTS TO THE PAYPAL ACCOUNT USER AGREEMENT AND THE PAYPAL WEBSITE PAYMENTS PRO AND VIRTUAL TERMINAL AGREEMENT
We are updating the PayPal agreements listed below for U.S. customers. The changes described below will go into effect on July 9, 2019. There is no action needed from you, as the changes will occur automatically on the effective date above. In the event you would prefer to decline the changes and close your account, you can do so prior to the effective date and the changes will not apply to you.
Amendment to the PayPal Account User Agreement for Buyers
- If PayPal performs a currency conversion for your purchase, and the purchase is refunded at a later date, PayPal will perform a currency conversion for the refund at the transaction exchange rate in effect on the date of the refund.
Amendment to the PayPal Account User Agreement for Sellers
- We’re updating our User Agreement in anticipation of expanding our capabilities for PayPal Payouts. PayPal Payouts is being enhanced to allow payments to be directed to Venmo account holders in addition to PayPal account holders.
- PayPal may use any of the payment methods linked to a seller’s PayPal account to prevent the seller’s account from becoming negative when there are not sufficient funds in the account for seller refunds, reversals and chargebacks.
Amendments to the PayPal Website Payments Pro and Virtual Terminal Agreement
- Merchants can now accept debit network branded cards.
- We’ve clarified merchant’s obligations regarding certification of PCI DSS compliance.
AMENDMENTS TO THE PAYPAL ACCOUNT USER AGREEMENT
We are updating the PayPal Account User Agreement for U.S. customers. These changes will go into effect on May 7, 2019. If you agree to these changes, you don’t have to do anything. If you don’t agree with these changes, you may close your account. If you close your account before May 7, 2019, the changes will not apply to you.
Amendments to the PayPal Account User Agreement
- We’re removing the flat rate pricing for sending money to friends and family members who have PayPal accounts in a country other than the United States and introducing a new variable fee of 5% based on the amount you send with a minimum of $0.99 and a maximum of $4.99 per transaction. We’re also removing any variation depending on the recipient’s country.
- We are changing the currency conversion spread to 3.25% over a base exchange rate in situations where you are a sender of money in a PayPal transaction.
- We’re changing how we treat refunds. If you refund (partially or fully) a transaction to a buyer or a donation to a donor, there are no fees to make the refund, but the fees you originally paid as the seller will not be returned to you.
AMENDMENTS TO THE PAYPAL USER AGREEMENT AND THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS DELIVERY POLICY
We are updating the PayPal Account User Agreement and the Electronic Communications Delivery Policy. These changes will go into effect on March 29, 2019 and apply to U.S. PayPal customers. If you agree to these changes, you don’t have to do anything. If you don’t agree with these changes, you may close your account. If you close your account before March 29, 2019, the changes will not apply to you.
Amendments to the PayPal User Agreement for Personal PayPal Accounts
- As a result of a new regulation issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C. coming into effect on April 1, 2019, we are making some changes that will affect consumers who want to hold and use balance with PayPal.
If you want to hold and use balance, you will need a balance account which will be linked to your current PayPal account. PayPal will offer two balance accounts: PayPal Cash and PayPal Cash Plus. Information about both types of balance accounts can be found in the PayPal Cash and PayPal Cash Plus Terms and Conditions.
If you are an existing personal PayPal account holder and we have already verified your identity, we will establish and automatically link a PayPal Cash Plus account to your current PayPal account. Information about your PayPal Cash Plus account, including your balance amount, will be easily available using your existing PayPal login.
For all other consumer PayPal account holders, if you want to hold and use balance, in addition to verifying your identity with PayPal, you will need set up a balance account which will be linked to your current PayPal account.
There are no changes to any PayPal fees.
- We are also making two other changes: (1) we are changing the time period for providing you with advance notice about important changes to the PayPal Account User Agreement to at least 21 days; and (2) we are clarifying how and when we convert currency.
Amendments to the PayPal User Agreement for Business Accounts
- We are changing the time period for providing you with notice about important changes to the PayPal Account User Agreements to at least 5 days.
- We are clarifying how and when we convert currency.
Amendments to the Electronic Communications Delivery Policy
We are updating our Electronic Communications Delivery Policy to clarify that your consent to receive electronic disclosures under our Electronic Communications Delivery Policy applies to all PayPal branded accounts