EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 167 - September 23, 2001     2 of 2

PayPal 'Strengthens' User Agreement

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PayPal said it is strengthening its User Agreement (formerly known as Terms of Use) in the following ways:

1) To clarify that PayPal acts as a money transfer agent and custodian on your behalf, and that PayPal provides a payment processing service rather than a banking service; and
2) To describe PayPal's practice of safeguarding customer funds left in the PayPal system by placing the funds in an account at an FDIC-insured bank or in a highly-rated liquid security, and to make clear PayPal's legal commitment to that practice. As part of this commitment, PayPal will also continue its practice of holding customer funds in an account that is entirely separate from the general corporate accounts.

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