Privacy Statement South Africa

In this Statement, we explain how we collect, use, share and protect your personal information. We also tell you about your rights and choices with respect to your personal information and how you can contact us.


The purpose of this Privacy Statement is to give you information on how the PayU Payments Solutions Proprietary Limited collects and processes your personal information when you use website (“Website”), software applications (“Apps”), payment processing platforms (“Platform”), or our financial technology products or services we may offer you.


PayU is part of a group made up of several local businesses in a number of markets across the world. “PayU”, “us” or “our” in this Privacy Statement refers to the PayU Payments Solutions Proprietary Limited that is responsible for processing your personal information in South Africa. This means that while this Privacy Statement applies to  PayU South Africa, you can view our Global Privacy Statement here. In case of any differences between this Statement and the Global Privacy Statement, this will prevail.


“Personal information” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable living individual, and where applicable, an identifiable existing juristic person (like a company) as defined under the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”). Depending on who you are (e.g., a merchant, customer, cardholder, consumer, supplier or business partner) and how you interact with us (e.g., telephone, online or offline), we may collect, use, receive, store, analyze, combine, transfer or otherwise process different categories of personal information.


Below is a table reflecting the categories of personal information we may collect about you:


Categories of Personal Information Which includes such information as
Identity and account log- in information Full name(s), title, identity number, and your date of birth.
Contact information Telephone number(s), physical address, country, email, and chosen billing address.
Financial information Bank account data, credit or debit card information.
Payments information (transactional information) Personal account numbers, name on credit card, a merchant’s name and identifiers, the date and amount of the transaction and other information provided by you directly or by banks or merchants.
Usage and technical information IP addresses, browser type and versions, operating systems, time zone setting, geolocation information, content and pages that you access on our Website(s), Apps or Platform, and the dates and times that you visit the Website, App or Platform, paths taken.
Credit and lending information Financial information (e.g., credit score) and income information (e.g., employment contract).
Marketing and communications information Communication with customer service support, behavioural data (for example, collected using cookies), information about promotions, surveys, promotional campaigns and records of your decision to subscribe or to withdraw from receiving marketing materials.


We may also collect, use and/or share non-personal information or anonymized data such as statistical or demographic data.


As a principle, we do not collect any special categories of personal information about you (such as details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric information). However, we may collect sensitive categories of personal information in order to provide certain services or products to you, for example, our credit or lending services and in such cases, we will ensure that such personal information is used in compliance with applicable laws.


To the extent our Websites or Apps include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications (including cookies, tracking technologies and widgets by third party advertisers), it is important that you understand that by clicking on those links or enabling those connections, you may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. PayU does not have oversight of these third-party websites and we are not responsible for their processing of personal information.


How we collect personal information will depend on the following broader situations:


  1. If we receive or collect it directly from you


We may collect personal information directly from you in different ways on our Websites, Apps, Platforms or product or service offerings. For example, you may give us your personal information when you:


  • give us your contact information so that we can contact you about our services and products;
  • conclude a contract or verify with us who you are (whether by email, phone or electronic verification);
  • apply for our products or services directly with us or through our appointed suppliers (such as marketplaces or credit providers) or initiate an account-based relationship with us;
  • scan a QR code which requests you to provide your personal information to us to process a payment for you on behalf of one of our merchants or if you are using one of our own payment products;
  • are prompted to give us your contact and payment information on our web-checkout /payment pages or via other similar channels;
  • enter a competition, promotion or survey or you ask to have marketing materials sent to you;
  • send us a support request through one of our support desks; or
  • access and browse our Website(s), Apps and Platforms – to learn more see our Cookie Policy.


  1. If we collect personal information from third parties, or from publicly available sources


We obtain personal information through third parties or, if publicly available, where permitted under applicable law, including:


  • from our merchants, payment partners and financial institutions. For example, a merchant can offer you various ways to pay for their goods or services (credit or debit or hybrid card, electronic fund transfer (EFT), wallet, mobile money, loyalty credits) and the payment would be settled into the merchant bank account held by an authorized financial institution. In such situations, the merchants, payment partners and financial institutions are responsible for your personal information, but we may collect such personal information so that the payment transaction can take place. We encourage you to read such third parties’ privacy statements to learn more on how they process your personal information;
  • from social platforms and networks when you give us permission to do so. For example, depending on your social media settings, if you choose to connect your social media account to a PayU product, certain information from your social media account will be shared with us (which may include information that is part of your profile);
  • from financial institutions and fraud prevention agencies for the purposes of conducting fraud and risk assessments or analysis. For example, before we provide services, goods or finances to you (as applicable), we undertake checks for the purposes of preventing fraud and money laundering, and to verify your identity. These checks require us to collect information about you;
  • from third parties who have entered into contracts with us to assist us with our business operations;
  • from publicly available sources in accordance with applicable laws in your country;
  • from credit reference agencies, credit bureaux, or banks in accordance with applicable laws. For example, if PayU offers credit and lending products in your country, certain credit reference agencies or bureaux will provide us certain information about you to conduct a credit check or credit assessment; or
  • from third parties within the group of companies to which PayU belongs, including its affiliates and subsidiaries, subject to applicable laws.


We process personal information only when we have a valid legal ground to do so. Most commonly, we use your personal information where:


  • it is necessary to process your personal information in connection with the performance of a contractthat we have with you directly or indirectly;
  • it is necessary for our legitimate interests  (or the legitimate interests of a third party). We make sure that your fundamental rights are not overridden by our legitimate interests;
  • we use your personal information to comply with our legal obligations – for example, ensuring that we use your personal information to comply with anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements;


We may seek your explicit consent where the applicable laws require us to do so.


There can be additional legal grounds for processing personal information in some countries. This depends on applicable law and the products and services offered to you.


  1. To verify, authenticate and authorize your use of our products or services


To conduct ‘Know your Customer’ and risk assessments in order to authenticate and authorize your use of our products or services depending on if you are a merchant, consumer or customer, and your choice of service or product. The type of personal information typically required is Identity, Contact and Financial information. This is necessary in order for PayU to assess your application under contract and necessary for our legal obligations under certain laws.


  1. To process payment transactions made through our Platforms


The types of personal information we require to provide a product or service and the legal ground depends on the specific payment methods made available by us.


PayU offers multiple types of international and local payment methods, which are subject to product specific service terms (contracts) and legal obligations. For example, when PayU offers card payment processing as a payment’s aggregator on our Platform, PayU processes personal information received from merchants such as transaction details, and if payment is by card (cardholder details such as name on card) in order complete the payment by you to the merchant to purchase a product or service. PayU is often an operator (which is a defined term under the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013)of personal information on behalf of the merchant who is acting as responsible party. In other cases, certain payment transactions require you to provide personal information directly to us onto our Platform in order for us to process a transaction – in that instance the purpose is to process the payment for you.


Please click here and  select South Africa to find out the specific details of the payment methods available.


  1. To protect our business and to ensure compliance with the law


We process personal information to meet the requirements of applicable laws, regulations, standards, rules, codes and the requirements of financial institutions with which PayU must comply. This includes:


  • authenticating and validating payments to mitigate and protect against identity theft or fraud. To do this, some of your personal and non-personal information may be collected by PayU directly or delivered to PayU by merchants. PayU will use this personal information to enter into the PayU fraud systems available for this validation and will remain there for future reference and cross-reference of information required to validate the payments;
  • consulting and reporting your personal information and behaviour on monetary obligations to legitimately constituted credit, financial, commercial or service risk centres, or to other financial institutions, under applicable law;
  • verifying your identity and comparing your information to verify accuracy for reporting obligations under applicable law or payment scheme rules;
  • processing your personal information if you exert your right of refusal on purchases made or if your transaction is, for example, the subject of payments dispute or chargeback with a financial institution; and
  • processing your personal information to ensure business continuity of our businesses and appropriate disaster recovery for our Websites, Apps, Platforms, services and products.


  1. To manage our relationship with you


If you contact us or otherwise give us your Contact information (for example by registering, by completing an enquiry form on our Website/s, or by subscribing to receive support, and service status communications from us or security or fraud monitoring alerts), we may process your personal information:


  • to inform you about your products or services with us and any changes to these products or services and any associated legal documents;
  • to notify you if there is any interruption of services or products;
  • to ask you to provide information on how we can improve or develop services or products and to otherwise effectively communicate with you;
  • to provide you with service assistance and problem solutions or to contact or send you notifications related specifically to the services or products we offer you;
  • to use your personal information in transactional or fraud monitoring reports (or both) as part of the performance of our contract. You have the option to unsubscribe from such reports in accordance with the terms of our contract. Be sure to check with your finance team before you unsubscribe.


  1. To market our products and services and related services to you


We may use personal information to market our products and services and to notify you about events, offers, sponsorships, marketing programmes and similar marketing campaigns. For more information please see Marketing.


  1. To conduct research and to develop and improve our products and services


We may use personal information that we collect:


  • to research and gain insights into market trends and needs and to develop or innovate our technologies, products and services to meet such market trends and needs. We may use machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to conduct research to gain such insights;
  • to analyze visitor use of our Websites, Apps, products or services in line with this South Africa Privacy Statement and our Cookie Policy;
  • to improve and personalize our merchant and customer relationships;
  • to provide merchants with statistical insights and reports based on data we receive from them


We may share personal information with internal third parties, being third parties from the group of companies to which PayU belongs. We may disclose your personal information to those companies, to:


  • provide support services and technical services to these internal third parties and to receive some of these services from them;
  • contribute to the research, data analytics and studies in order to improve the products and services that PayU and other internal third parties respectively provide.


We may share your personal information with external third parties such as:


  • merchants in accordance with our service agreements (also referred to as our terms and conditions or contracts). For example, to process a card payment, we may need to share a customer’s credit card details to the merchant that the payment relates to. If you are buying goods or services through PayU services, we may also provide the merchant with your credit card billing address to help complete an individual’s payment transaction;
  • authorized financial institutions and banking partners with whom we partner to jointly create and offer products and services. Depending on the type of payment chosen by the customer, payer or buyer, PayU will share the information with the financial institutions that validate and process each means of payment for corresponding approval, validation, and settlement. This means that your personal information may be collected for those purposes by financial issuing institutions for the means of payment, acquiring financial institutions, payment processing networks, franchises such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club;
  • credit bureaus and credit providers to report financial information and to conduct mandated credit scoring to determine affordability, as strictly permitted by law.
  • service providers or vendors under contract who assist us with our business operations;
  • companies that we plan to merge with or entities that we may be acquired by, in which situation we will require that the new combined entity or the acquiring entity follow this full privacy statement with respect to your personal information;
  • when required by law enforcement, government officials, fraud detection agencies or other third parties and when we are compelled to do so by law (such as via a subpoena, court order or similar legal procedure);
  • international entities we partner with for the offer and/or development of products and services subject to the requirements under this Statement and applicable laws.


PayU takes all reasonable measures to ensure that every third party involved in the processing of your personal information has the required organizational and technical protections in place, including the required data processing and transfer agreements where this is necessary. When required under applicable law, we may provide you with a list of our sub-processors or suppliers upon request, by contacting us at here.


You may receive marketing communications from PayU, for example, if you have:


  • requested more information from us;
  • provided your Contact information to us in order to retrieve content or communications from us, including any research papers, insights or studies conducted by us;
  • subscribed for services or products from PayU; or
  • entered into a promotional campaign, offer or survey or loyalty programme and provided your contact details to participate in such activity. PayU may run these marketing activities directly or with promoters.


The provision of such marketing activities is subject to the applicable laws of the country that the marketing and communication activity occurs. We keep a register of Marketing and communications personal information that is used by us. You are entitled to opt out from receiving such marketing by clicking on the opt out or unsubscribe link(s) provided in such PayU marketing communications.


You may also be required to opt- in before receiving any marketing communications from PayU and you have the right to opt-out at any time.


PayU may also use Marketing and communications personal information in order to improve and customize the content of our ads, promotions and advertising that may be of interest to you.


PayU uses cookies, web beacons and similar techniques (“cookies”) when you access our Websites or Apps.


A   cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts.


We explain how we use cookies on each of our applicable Websites or Apps and the choices you, as a visitor to each Website or App, have when it comes to our use of cookies here.


Did you know? You can always check your cookie preferences by clicking on the blue and white shield in the left hand corner of the bottom of our websites. We display all our cookies in our cookie list that we drop globally on all our websites. Some of these cookies may not be dropped in the country where you are.


To check which cookies are dropped on the specific website where you are, click on the lock icon in the top left corner of your browser and click on Cookies. Look for the folder with the subdomain name corresponding to the website you’re visiting (e.g. If you are on PayU’s international page, click on the folder As per our Cookie Policy, clicking the folder will show you all Cookies dropped across the entire domain.


(Please note: The above tip may vary depending on your browser).


We are part of a global company with a global footprint.

Your personal information may be processed either locally South Africa where you work or reside, or in any other country where we or our approved third-party service providers operate, worldwide, as permitted by law. Should your personal information move outside the European Economic Area or another country that restricts transfers of personal information, we use the EU Commission’s standard contractual clauses or other locally-compliant transfer mechanisms, such as consent, to ensure that an adequate or same level of protection is applied to your personal information as that afforded in the country of origin.


PayU may store your personal information for as long as required for the fulfilment of the purposes for which we collected it. The retention of personal information by PayU is determined by considering compliance with legal (contractual or statutory requirements), accounting and compliance reporting requirements. For this example, preventing fraud and to prevent anti-money laundering and combat anti-corruption and financing of terrorism.


PayU also takes into consideration the temporary limits established in the commercial or data privacy laws, as well as in other relevant laws, in the different countries in which PayU provides its services.


We ensure that you may exercise your individual privacy rights under applicable privacy and data protection laws. This means that PayU seeks to provide reasonable assistance to cater to requests from individuals regarding the processing of personal information and the right to access, delete, erase, amend and withdraw permission to the processing of personal information.


You have the following rights :


  • access your personal information (access rights): You have the right to ask us if we process personal information that relates to you and you may ask us to provide you with details of the personal information we process about you (as required under applicable laws);
  • correct or rectify your personal information: You can ask us to have inaccurate personal information we process about you fixed or changed;
  • erase your personal information: You can ask us to delete or erase personal information under certain circumstances if the personal information is no longer needed for the purposes for which we collected them (subject to local data retention legal obligations);
  • withdraw your consent: You may withdraw your consent on condition that:


  • The withdrawal of your consent does not affect the processing of your personal information before the withdrawal of your consent; or
  • The withdrawal of your consent does not affect the processing of your personal information if the processing is in compliance with an obligation imposed by law on us; or
  • The withdrawal of your consent does not affect the processing of your personal information where such processing is necessary for the proper performance of a public law duty by a public body; or
  • The withdrawal of your consent does not affect the processing of your personal information as required to finalise the performance of a contract in which you are a party; or
  • The withdrawal of your consent does not affect the processing of your personal information as required to protect your legitimate interests or our own legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party to whom the information is supplied.


  • restrict the processing of your personal information: You can require certain personal information to be marked as restricted for processing in certain circumstances, such as an objection to our processing of your personal information based on our legitimate interests;
  • object to automated decision making, including profiling, if these decisions produce a legal effect on you;
  • raise a complaint: You may raise a compliant at any time to the Information Officer for personal information protection issues at regarding an alleged interference with the protection of personal information in accordance with this South African Privacy Statement


Please submit a request if you would like to exercise any of the above rights. These rights are limited in some situations, such as where we are legally required to process your personal information, and this may limit your ability to use some of our products and services.


To view PayU’s Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) manual, click here.


The security of your personal information is important to PayU. PayU takes legal, technical and organizational measures that it considers necessary in order to maintain the confidentiality and security of your personal information, with due regard to the applicable obligations and exceptions under the legislation in force.


In addition, PayU follows the payments industry standards regarding the protection of payment card information. PayU is regularly audited to maintain the highest level of security certification with the Payments Card information Security Standard Council (PCI) in respect of protecting card data.


PayU regularly reviews its policies regarding the collection, storage and processing of your personal information, including physical security measures, to prevent alteration, loss, query, use or fraudulent or unauthorized access of your personal information.


PayU has put in place procedures to deal with personal information breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator or authority of a breach where we are legally required to do so.


PayU does not voluntarily or actively collect, use or disclose personal information of minors under the age of 18 years,  without the prior consent of the parents or guardians of the minor.


The services of PayU are not intended or designed to attract minors.


If we learn that we collected the personal information of a minor, without first receiving a verifiable parental consent, we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible.


This South African Privacy Statement may change over time. The recent version of this Privacy Statement is published on this Website.


This version was issued  on May 14, 2020 and last changed on 15 April 2024.


We will notify you of any changes to this South African Privacy Statement by publishing this on our Website. You can print or store this South African Privacy Statement by downloading a copy from your browser.


It is very important that any personal information we hold about you is up to date and correct. Please inform us of any changes to your personal information.


The Responsible Party of this Website is PayU Payments Solutions Proprietary Limited, registration number 2009/017393/07. 
You can contact our data protection office here.