Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

MasterCard Payment Gateway Services: Global Privacy Policy

MasterCard Payment Gateway Services Limited and its affiliates (“MasterCard Payment Gateway Services”) respect your privacy. This privacy notice (the “Privacy Notice”) describes the types of personal information we collect, how we use the information, with whom we share it and the choices you can make about our use of the information. We also describe the measures we take to protect the security of the information and how you can contact us about our privacy practices.

Our privacy practices may vary among the countries in which we operate to reflect local practices and legal requirements.

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Information We Collect

MasterCard Payment Gateway Services provides payment transaction services to merchants, financial institutions and payments processors including credit and debit card transaction services, fraud prevention services, electronic payment services, e-money solutions and alternative payment solutions.

MasterCard Payment Gateway Services may obtain information about you from various sources. For example, in our role as a provider of fraud prevention services, we may obtain personal information about you from merchants, financial institutions and other entities in connection with your payment transactions.

In addition, you may choose to submit information directly to us. You may do so, for example on our website, in connection with a service which we provide, or in connection with an actual or potential business relationship with us.

The types of personal information we may obtain are:

  • Contact information (such as name, postal or email address and phone or fax number)
  • Business contact information (such as job title, department and name of the organisation you are employed by or represent)
  • Merchant identification data (such as Merchant ID number for e-commerce payments and originator ID number for direct debit services)
  • Username and password
  • Payment card information (such as payment card number, amount of transaction)
  • PIN or access code (such as a SecurID® or SoftID® code)
  • Financial information (such as financial account information)
  • Transaction data (such as bank account number, amount of transaction)
  • Shopping basket level or SKU data (such as products purchased, airline/flight related information, e.g. departure and destination airports, passport or travel ID)
  • Date of birth (for age verification in the context of fraud prevention services)
  • Pattern insights (such as shopping behaviour and preferences)
  • Inquiries and other communications with merchants, financial institutions and payment processors

We may collect certain information by automated means, such as cookies and web beacons, when you visit our website. Please click here to learn more about the way we handle cookies

We, our service providers and partners collect certain information by using automated means, such as cookies and web beacons, when you interact with our advertisements, mobile applications, or visit our websites, pages or other digital assets including those embedded in payment processing services which we provide to our customers. A “cookie” is a text file placed on a computer’s hard drive by a web server. A “web beacon,” also known as an Internet tag, pixel tag or clear GIF, is used to transmit information back to a web server. The information we collect in this manner may include: IP address, browser type, operating system, referring URLs and information on actions taken or interaction with our digital assets.

We may use third-party web analytics services on our websites and mobile apps, such as those of Adobe Omniture. The analytics providers that administer these services use technologies such as cookies and web beacons to help us analyze how visitors use our websites and apps.

We, our service providers and our partners may also collect information about your activities on our websites and apps for use in providing you with content and advertising tailored to your individual interests. The information collected for these purposes may include details about things like the particular pages or advertisements you view on our websites and the actions you take on our websites and apps. Please see the “Your Rights and Choices” section of this Global Privacy Notice to learn about your ability, at any time, to opt out or limit the use of your browsing behaviour for online behavioural advertising purposes.

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How We Use The Information We Collect

We may use the information we obtain to:

  • Process your payment transactions (including authorisation, clearing, settlement, chargebacks and other related activities)
  • Protect against and prevent fraud, unauthorised transactions, claims and other liabilities
  • Create and manage your or your company’s online account and respond to your enquiries
  • Provide, administer and communicate with you about services and promotions
  • Operate, evaluate and improve our business (including developing new products and services; managing our communications; determining the effectiveness of our advertising; analysing our products, services and websites; facilitating the functionality of our websites; and performing accounting, auditing, billing, reconciliation and collection activities)
  • Monitor the use of and improve our interactive assets
  • Perform data analysis in order to measure trends for development purposes using anonymised personal information.
  • Comply with applicable legal requirements and industry standards and our policies.
  • Provide technical support services
  • We also may use the information in other ways for which we provide specific notice at the time of collection.

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Information We Share

We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information we collect about you, except as described herein or otherwise disclosed to you at the time the data is collected. We share information to facilitate transaction payments, fraud prevention and other related activities. We may share the personal information we collect with our affiliates, financial institutions that issue payment cards or process payment card or electronic transactions, fraud prevention service providers and merchants. For example, in this context we provide merchants and financial institutions with information about their customers’ or cardholders’ transactions that MasterCard Payment Gateway Services processes.

In addition, we may share the information with our service providers who perform services on our behalf. We do not authorise these service providers to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform certain services on our behalf, or comply with legal requirements. We require these service providers by contract to appropriately safeguard the privacy and security of personal information they process on our behalf.

On our websites, you may choose to use certain features for which we partner with other entities. These features, which may include social networking and geographic location tools, are operated by third parties that are not affiliated with MasterCard Payment Gateway Services. These third parties may use personal information in accordance with their own privacy policies. We strongly suggest you review the third parties’ privacy policies if you use the relevant features.

We also may disclose information about you (i) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, (ii) to law enforcement authorities or other government officials, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss, or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual fraudulent or illegal activity. We also reserve the right to transfer personal information we have about you in the event that we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to direct the transferee to use personal information you have provided to us in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Notic. Following such a sale or transfer, you may contact the entity to which we transferred your personal information with any enquiries concerning the processing of that information.

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Your Rights And Choices

You may have certain rights regarding the personal information we maintain about you. The merchants and financial institutions involved in a transaction should be able to provide you with information on what personal information is collected about you and how this information is being used. Please contact your financial institution or merchant to obtain such details. We usually require merchants, by contract, to provide you with the necessary notice regarding the processing of your personal data.

We offer you certain choices about what personal information we collect from you, how we use that information and how we communicate with you. You may choose not to provide personal information to MasterCard Payment Gateway Services by refraining from conducting a payment transaction using a payment card. You also may refrain from submitting information directly to us.

If you are located in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you may direct us not to share your personal information with third parties, except (i) with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf, (ii) in the event that we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets, (iii) if disclosure is required by law or legal process, (iv) with law enforcement authorities, regulatory authorities or other government officials or (v) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss, or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual fraud or other illegal activity.

If you are located in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, we use your personal information only for the purposes indicated in this policy unless we have a legal basis, such as consent, to use it for other purposes. Where required by law, MasterCard Payment Gateway Services obtains your prior opt-in consent at the time of collection for the processing of (i) personal information for marketing purposes and (ii) personal information deemed sensitive pursuant to applicable law.

You may withdraw any consent you have previously provided to us, or object at any time on legal and/or legitimate grounds, to the processing of your personal information. We will apply your preferences going forward. In some circumstances, withdrawing your consent to our use or disclosure of your personal information will mean that you cannot take advantage of certain of our services.

You can opt out of the collection and use of certain information, which we collect about you by automated means, when you visit our websites. In certain jurisdictions, you can exercise your choice via the Cookie Consent tool displayed in the bottom right corner of our websites.

Your browser may tell you how to be notified and opt out of receiving certain types of cookies. In addition, on certain of our websites, we may provide you with other choices regarding the use of cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to use all of the features of our websites or online services.

You can unsubscribe from our mailing lists at any time by using the opt-out facility provided in our e-mail communications. You may receive from other entities promotional communications that contain a MasterCard logo. Please contact those entities to exercise your choices regarding these communications.

Subject to applicable law, you may have the right to request access to and receive information about the personal data we maintain about you, update and correct inaccuracies in your personal data and have the information blocked or deleted, as appropriate. The right to access personal information may be limited in some circumstances by local law requirements.

To submit a request, please contact us as specified below.

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Data Transfers

We may transfer the personal information we collect about you to countries other than the country in which the information was originally collected. Those countries may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you initially provided the information. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will protect that information as described in this Privacy Notice or as otherwise disclosed to you at the time the data is collected (e.g. vial program specific privacy notice).

If you are located in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, we comply with applicable legal requirements providing adequate protection for the transfer of personal information to countries outside of the EEA or Switzerland.

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How We Hold and Protect Personal Information

The security of your personal information is important to MasterCard. We are committed to protecting the information we collect. We maintain appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect the personal information you provide against accidental, unlawful or unauthorised destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use. We use SSL encryption on a number of our websites from which we transfer certain personal information.

We store personal information only for as long as it is necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose for which the personal information was collected, unless otherwise required or authorized by applicable law. The length of time we retain your personal information is also affected by: (1) the type of product or service you have with us; (2) any legal requirements we are subject to with respect to your personal information; and (3) any consent given by you to retain such personal information.

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Links To Other Websites

Our websites may provide links to other websites for your convenience and information. These websites may operate independently from MasterCard Payment Gateway Services. Linked sites may have their own privacy notices or policies, which we strongly suggest you review if you visit any linked websites. To the extent any linked websites you visit are not owned or controlled by us, we are not responsible for the sites' content, any use of the sites or the privacy practices of the sites.

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Updates To Our Privacy Policy

This Privacy Notice may be updated periodically and without prior notice to you to reflect changes in our personal information practices. We will post a prominent notice on this page to notify you of the changes to our Privacy Notice and indicate at the top of the policy when it was most recently updated.

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How To Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Notice or if you would like us to update information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us. If you are located in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, MasterCard Payment Gateway Services Ltd may be the entity responsible for the processing of your personal information. To exercise your rights of access, rectification, blocking, or deletion or to object to the processing of your personal information, contact us by e-mail at or write to us at:

Global Privacy Office
MasterCard Payment Gateway Services Ltd
10 Upper Bank Street
London E15 5NP
United Kingdom

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