Klarna Australia General Terms & Conditions (GTCs) for Merchants.
Latest update: March 2021
The following general terms and conditions (GTC) are incorporated by reference into and form part of the Merchant Cooperation Agreement between the Merchant and Klarna (Agreement). Any words or phrases beginning with a capital letter not already defined in these GTCs have the meaning set out in the Merchant Agreement. In the case of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the GTC and the Merchant Agreement, the relevant provision under the GTC shall control unless specifically stated otherwise.
1. Reservation and Activation
In order to provide the Payment Method(s), Klarna grants the Merchant access to Klarna’s business transaction system (Merchant Portal). Provided that a shopper selects one of the Payment Methods in connection with a purchase in the Store, a credit query for the shopper is sent to Klarna. Klarna will then perform an assessment of the transaction and the shopper dependent on the chosen Payment Method. If the credit assessment of the transaction is acceptable to Klarna, Klarna agrees to allow the shopper (hereinafter referred to as Customer) to pay its purchases via one or several of the Payment Methods. A reservation for the respective amount is then made in the Merchant Portal. The Merchant acknowledges that where the Customer makes a purchase from the Merchant and selects a Payment Method to pay for the purchase (Claim), Klarna has the sole right to receive payment from the Customer, or the applicable Third Party Payment Option Provider in relation to that purchase. To the extent the Merchant retains any right to receive payment in respect of a Claim, the Merchant acknowledges and agrees that such right shall be exclusively exercised by Klarna subject to the terms and conditions set out in this Agreement. The Merchant has the right to receive payment from Klarna for a Claim in accordance with Section 2 of the main body of this Agreement as of the time of dispatch/shipment of goods or performance of services by the Merchant (Activation). The dispatch of the goods/performance of the services is to be made as close to the date of the order as possible and within the timeframe communicated to the Customer during the order. Activation cannot be made by the Merchant after the order has expired in the Merchant Portal. Unless otherwise agreed, when using the Payment Methods, the Merchant is not entitled to offer delivery to a recipient or an address other than as pre-approved by Klarna. Upon Activation of the Claim, Klarna pays to the Merchant a settlement, in accordance with Section 2 of the main body of this Agreement, which equals the total value of the Claim less the Service Charges and any returned Claims. The relation between the Customer and Klarna is regulated between Klarna and the Customer. The receipt of settlements as cleared funds in the Merchant’s bank account(s) may be delayed because of interbank systems over which Klarna has no control.
2. Klarna’s General Responsibilities
2.1 Klarna is responsible for all credit decisions, financing, administration and customer service in respect of the Payment Method(s). Unless otherwise agreed, the Payment Methods are only available to consumers (not businesses). The Merchant understands and agrees that if it does not provide Klarna with detailed and up-to-date information on goods purchased, fees charged and/or goods returned/cancelled (Line Items), Klarna may refer such Customer questions to the Merchant. In relation to Claims, Klarna will handle the payment collection and any related administration.
2.2 Klarna assumes the credit risk and fraud risk for the Claim, except for the specific cases listed in section 4 below.
2.3 Klarna provides to the Merchant its customer terms and conditions, privacy notice and information regarding Klarna’s Payment Method(s) in relation to Customers (Customer Terms and Information). To the extent required under the Integration Guidelines, the Merchant warrants that it will provide the Customer with the Customer Terms and Information and ensure that the Customer confirms that these are accepted. Klarna may, at its own discretion, change the Customer Terms and Information and any other Customer related material (such as contracts, forms or information regarding the Payment Methods). Klarna ensures that the Customer Terms and Information are in conformity with any applicable laws and regulations.
2.4 Klarna will, after having received an electronic notification thereof from the Merchant, send payment instructions and other payment related notices to the Customers. Klarna decides in its own discretion on any information sent/contained on such payment information and other payment related notices.
2.5 Klarna ensures that it will maintain and uphold any necessary licenses and permits required to provide the Services.
3. Merchant’s General Responsibilities
3.1 The Payment Method(s) shall be presented and marketed by the Merchant as agreed between the Parties, and the Merchant accepts it is not entitled to market the Payment Method(s) without prior approval from Klarna. It is however understood that any marketing activity conducted in respect of the Payment Method(s) shall be limited to the use of the Payment Method(s) for the purposes of purchasing the products or services of the Merchant. Any logotypes of Third Party Payment Option Providers must be displayed in accordance with what is stated in Appendix 6. In relation to marketing activities which include a reference to Klarna or the Payment Method(s), the Merchant shall coordinate such activities with Klarna in advance by contacting Klarna at email@example.com. When marketing and using the Payment Method(s), the Merchant warrants that it will observe and comply with all applicable laws and regulations and other provisions and guidelines issued by any public authority.
3.2 The Parties will comply with Klarna’s integration guidelines set out at https://developers.klarna.com/en (Integration Guidelines). Each Party shall ensure that it at all times maintains the technical requirements needed on its part to enable the use of the Payment Method(s).
3.3 To the extent required under the Integration Guidelines, the Merchant shall provide Klarna with information that Klarna needs to provide the Payment Method(s) e.g. information needed by Klarna to identify the Customer.
3.5 The Parties acknowledge and agree that the payment instructions as well as any other payment documents sent out by Klarna to Customers do not necessarily contain all information that may have to be provided to Customers under applicable laws (e.g. VAT or other tax specifications, etc.). Should specific information have to be provided to Customers under local applicable laws, or if a Customer requests certain information to be provided (e.g. specific VAT or other tax information), it is the Merchant’s responsibility to provide a document containing such information. Such aforementioned documents shall refer to Klarna as the payee and may not contain any bank details of the Merchant. Should the content of the document sent out by the Merchant lead to an increased number of complaints (e.g. due to Customers paying to the Merchant’s bank account or using incorrect reference numbers), the Merchant will, in cooperation with Klarna, adjust the content of such documentation to mitigate such problems.
3.6 In relation to the Merchant’s unique log-in details to the Merchant Portal, the Merchant will ensure compliance with the applicable Access Management Requirements (available under https://cdn.klarna.com/1.0/shared/content/policy/access_management/en_gb/requirements.pdf). The Merchant is responsible for any actions taken when the log-in details to the Merchant Portal are used. The Merchant is not entitled to use the reservation option in the Merchant Portal solely for credit checks without having the intention of accepting payment from the customer by means of a Payment Method.
3.7 The Merchant warrants that Klarna has the sole right to receive payment in respect of a Claim, and warrants that it will not carry out any action which may limit or impair such right in accordance with any applicable laws. The Merchant warrants that it has and at all times shall maintain and uphold all necessary permits, insurances and licenses required for its business, its business operations and business activities. If Klarna so requests, the Merchant shall, without undue delay, provide Klarna with any documentation or other information verifying that the Merchant upholds valid permits and licenses. Further, the Merchant warrants that all Claims are connected to purchases which are permitted under and in compliance with all applicable laws. Klarna has the right to suspend the provision of the Services at any time if there is reason to assume the provision of the Services, the Services as such or the Merchant’s activities could be deemed illegal, unethical or in any other way non-compliant with any applicable rule or regulation.
3.8 To the extent the Merchant engages sub-merchants that will deliver the goods to the Customers, the Merchant is fully liable for all sub-merchants and for the sub-merchants’ fulfilment of its obligations in relation to Customers. The Parties acknowledge and agree that Klarna may itself, or may require the Merchant to, at any time (e.g. due to a sub-merchant’s non-compliance with applicable laws or Klarna’s instructions) block or in any other way terminate the provision of its Services in relation to purchases via a specific sub-merchant. The Merchant may not grant any sub-merchant access to the Merchant Portal.
4. Claim Returns
4.1 In certain situations, Klarna has the right to require the Merchant to re-pay Claims. Before requiring the Merchant to re-pay any Claim hereunder based on a Customer’s claim not to be obligated to pay, Klarna will use its reasonable efforts to communicate with the Merchant and the Customer to assess the legitimacy of the Customer’s claim. Klarna may require the Merchant to re-pay Claims in the following situations:
(a) if there is a dispute or contestation between the Merchant and the Customer regarding the Claim, or the Customer’s obligation to settle the Claim, and such dispute or contestation is not based on a mere unwillingness or inability to pay (a dispute may be e.g. when the goods or services are alleged to be faulty or not delivered in full);
(b) if it concerns Claims which have been created in connection with a transaction made by a natural or legal person who may reasonably be considered to share a financial interest with the Merchant, including but not limited to, a company affiliated to the Merchant, owners or an employee of the Merchant and/or such affiliated company. This Section 4(b) does not apply if the Merchant has more than thirty (30) employees;
(c) if it concerns Claims in relation to which a Customer acquires cash (e.g. currency exchange), checks or money orders;
(d) if it concerns Claims where the Merchant or the Customer in connection with the placement of the order has not provided Klarna with the Customer’s, complete goods list, telephone number and email address.
(e) if it concerns Claims where the Merchant has deviated from Klarna’s applicable Shipping Policy, as well as Claims relating to goods/services which cannot be delivered in accordance with such Shipping Policy (e.g. digital downloads). This merely applies where the Customer insists not having made the order or insists not having received the goods, or if it is otherwise unclear who has received the goods/services. The Shipping Policy will be provided upon request and can be found at https://klarna.com/shipping-policies (Shipping Policy);
(f) if it concerns Claims where the Merchant does not meet the requirements under Sections 5 and 6 below, or where the Merchant in connection with invoicing, Activation or otherwise breaches the Agreement;
(g) if it concerns Claims where the Customer has used its lawful right to withdraw from/cancel its purchase and/or its agreement with Klarna, or where the Merchant has extended to the Customer a right to return the goods or services in excess of what applies under applicable mandatory laws; and/or
(h) if it concerns Claims in relation to which the Merchant is imposing terms and conditions in relation to Customers which deviate from the terms and conditions provided by Klarna or if the Merchant has agreed terms with the Customer that deviate from what has been communicated with Klarna.
4.2 In the event Klarna requires the Merchant to re-pay a Claim in accordance with this Section 4, loss of interest or other costs may arise, for which Klarna has the right to compensation. The amount charged by Klarna will correspond to Klarna’s actual costs/losses and depend on whether the returned Claim is in reminder status, in debt collection status or in bailiff status. Klarna may also be entitled to compensation under other provisions of this Agreement. In the event Klarna requires the Merchant to re-pay a Claim, Klarna retains the Service Charges. If Klarna at the time of the return already has received payment for the Claim from the Customer or a third party, Klarna is entitled to repay those amounts to them.
5. Responsibilities of the Parties in relation to Claims
5.1 The Merchant may not without Klarna’s written consent enter into an agreement or arrangement with any third party regarding the purchase, pledging or payment of Claims, nor any other arrangement which restricts Klarna’s ability to obtain payment from a customer in respect of a Claim. The Merchant may not enter into agreements with Customers in other countries than those contractually agreed or in other currencies than those that apply to the respective countries.
5.2 If payment for a Claim is made by the Customer or a third party to the Merchant, this shall immediately be registered in the Merchant Portal or be communicated to Klarna in any other appropriate way. The Merchant has to immediately transfer the amount to Klarna and specify what the payment refers to.
5.3 After Activation of a Claim, the Merchant may in relation to the Claim and the underlying purchase only agree to such arrangements with the Customer which can be registered in the Merchant Portal or through the agreed upon integration set-up used by the Merchant. The Merchant has to inform Klarna without undue delay if the Merchant has agreed with the Customer on a return of goods/service or a reduction of the purchase price, or if the Customer has used its return/revocation rights under applicable laws. A reservation shall be cancelled immediately if the goods or services are unavailable.
5.4 The Merchant shall answer Klarna’s questions regarding Claims without undue delay. The Parties shall in particular inform each other if a Customer disputes the obligation to settle the Claim. The Parties undertake to handle Customer complaints promptly and correctly. The Merchant has to inform Klarna if a complaint has not been solved within one (1) month after receipt.
5.5 In relation to the Payment Methods, the Merchant is not entitled to impose any fees or otherwise a higher price for goods or services on the basis that the purchase is made through the Payment Methods, or to act discriminatory towards Klarna in any other way.
5.6 The Merchant is solely responsible for the performance of its obligations (and those of its employees, agents, sub-merchants and representatives) under this Agreement in relation to the Customers, whether under any contract with the Customers or under any applicable laws. The Merchant is not entitled to use the Payment Method(s) in relation to transactions which are deemed illegal under any applicable law or which violate Klarna’s from time to time applicable ethical instructions (https://cdn.klarna.com/1.0/shared/content/policy/ethic/en_gb/merchant.pdf, the Ethical Instructions), or – in relation to any Payment Method including Third Party Payment Options – any Third Party Payment Option Provider Instructions.
5.7 The Parties agree that when the Claim is created Klarna shall be exclusively entitled to all securities related to the Claim, such as for example any retention of title in the goods delivered.
6. Specific conditions concerning purchases and handout of goods in physical stores
6.1 Unless the Parties have agreed to include and integrate In-store under this Agreement, the Merchant is not entitled to use the Payment Methods for the sale of goods in physical stores. Unless Section 6.2 applies, the Merchant is neither entitled to accept the return of goods in its physical store(s). Subject to Section 4.1 (e), goods purchased via the Payment Methods may always be handed out to Customers in physical stores of the Merchant.
6.2 If the Merchant has integrated Klarna In-store or has been permitted by Klarna to accept returns in physical stores, the Merchant may accept return of goods in its physical store(s) subject to the following conditions: (i) all returns shall immediately be registered in the Merchant Portal, (ii) all refunds to the Customer are handled by Klarna (i.e. the Merchant may not refund the Customer in connection with a return), and (iii) the Merchant shall adhere to any other reasonable instruction Klarna may provide from time to time specifically relating to return of goods in physical stores. The Merchant shall indemnify and hold Klarna harmless against any costs, losses, claims or other damages that Klarna suffers due to the Merchant not fulfilling its obligations under sub-points (i)-(iii) above.
7. Credit assessment and underwriting
Klarna will perform credit assessments of each respective Customer and the Merchant. As between Klarna and the Merchant, Klarna will control, in its sole discretion, all decisions concerning Customer transaction approvals and underwriting of any Payment Methods offered by or through Klarna, including decisions on applicable credit limits for Customers.
8. Module Support
Klarna aims to support all modules and API’s that the Merchant uses to connect to the Shopping Solution. However, as technology progresses, Klarna reserves the right to decide in its sole discretion which modules and API’s to support. If Klarna at some point decides to cancel support of a certain module or API, Klarna will notify the Merchant hereof with at least one (1) year’s notice. Information on which modules and APIs Klarna supports can be found at http://developers.klarna.com/en.
9. Duty to inform
Upon request, or as otherwise required, the Merchant has to provide Klarna with information that Klarna needs for the fulfillment of its regulatory duties (e.g. anti-money laundering information) or financial risk assessment. Further, if there are any material changes with regard to the type of products or services offered by the Merchant, or if the name under which the Merchant conducts its business is changed, the Merchant shall notify Klarna of such changes.
10.1 Each Party has the right to terminate the Agreement with immediate effect if:
(a) the other Party materially breaches any provision of the Agreement and does not, provided that a remedy is available, cure such breach within ten (10) days of the non-breaching Party’s notification;
(b) the other Party repeatedly or continuously fails to meet its obligations under the Agreement and does not upon the non-breaching Party’s request remedy such failure within the reasonable time frame given by such other Party;
(c) the other Party has provided incorrect or misleading information, or has concealed circumstances of importance; or
(d) the other Party’s financial situation is significantly deteriorated, including but not limited to, becoming or is declared insolvent or bankrupt, or makes an assignment for the benefit of its creditors (Insolvency Event).
10.2 In addition, Klarna has the right to terminate the Agreement if:
(a) the Merchant offers services or goods that violate Klarna’s from time to time applicable Ethical Instructions; or
(b) Klarna suspects a breach of the Agreement, and the Merchant does not, without undue delay, provide such reasonably requested information that is of importance to determine whether the Merchant has breached the Agreement.
10.3 In case Klarna terminates this Agreement under this Section 10, Klarna has the right to, after deduction of the Service Charges or any other charges Klarna is entitled to claim under the Agreement, require the Merchant to re-pay the aggregate amount of all outstanding Claims to Klarna and Klarna will transfer the rights it has against Customers in respect of the outstanding Claims paid by the Merchant. The Merchant is responsible for determining whether it is required to notify Customers of such transfer under applicable law. Klarna will only exercise this right if there are legitimate reasons not to administer any outstanding Claims, e.g. due to legal/ethical constraints or to avoid reputational harm.
10.4 The Merchant is aware and accepts that the Payment Method(s) and payment options included in the Shopping Solution may change from time to time and that Klarna may remove or add single payment options at any point in time, e.g. due to changes in laws and regulations or due to a request of a Third Party Payment Option Provider. Klarna also reserves the right to offer Customers Payment Method(s) that are not listed in Appendix 1, at no additional cost to the Merchant.
11. Right to retain payments/Set-off
11.1 If this Agreement terminates for any reason, Klarna may retain further payments to the Merchant for the purpose of covering Klarna’s financial risks. Klarna will then undertake a final account and pay out the amount owing to the Merchant. The amount Klarna retains will not exceed its financial risk exposure, such as anticipated refunds. Klarna will notify the Merchant if Klarna retains payments under this Section 11.1, and the reason(s) for the retention.
11.2 Klarna may temporarily retain payments corresponding to its financial risk exposure if:
(a) the Merchant materially breaches this Agreement;
(b) the Merchant repeatedly breaches this Agreement, and fail to cure the breaches after receiving notice from Klarna;
(c) Klarna reasonably suspects that the Merchant is engaging in or has engaged in fraud; or
(d) the Merchant’s financial standing or ability to fulfil orders or satisfy refunds to Customers materially reduces.
Prior to Klarna retaining payments in accordance with this Section 11.2, Klarna undertakes to inform the Merchant as to the reason why payments will be retained. Klarna will release any retained payments under this section once the underlying reason for retaining them has been cured.
11.3 Klarna may temporarily retain payments corresponding to its financial risk exposure due to the Merchant suffering an Insolvency Event. Klarna may only retain payments under this Section 11.3 until:
(a) the Parties reach an agreement to mitigate the relevant financial concerns; or
(b) the Merchant provides Klarna adequate proof of solvency to Klarna’s reasonable satisfaction.
Klarna will notify the Merchant if it retains payments under this section, and the reason(s) for the retention.
11.4 Klarna may, acting reasonably, retain payments to the Merchant if there is a risk that Klarna, due to the Merchant’s breach of this Agreement or breach of applicable law, may incur fines, penalties or other claims from third parties (each a Fine). Klarna may only retain payments in an amount that corresponds to its reasonable estimate of the Fine that may be imposed on it and must release such payments to the Merchant without delay following the cessation of the relevant risk.
11.5 Klarna may, in its own discretion, offset any amounts owed to the Merchant against any claims Klarna may have against the Merchant.
11.6 Klarna may increase or decrease the pay-out period set out under Section 2 in the main body of this Agreement as a security for Service Charges and any other amounts that are or will become due to it under this Agreement. Klarna will provide the Merchant prior notice of Klarna’s intention to do so. Klarna will only maintain an increase to the pay-out period under this Section 11.6 for a period and at a level it deems necessary to mitigate its financial risk exposure.
12.1 If a Party does not fulfill its obligations under this Agreement, the other Party shall be entitled to claim damages. Each Party’s annual liability to pay any compensation or similar under this Agreement shall be limited to an amount corresponding to the Service Charges paid or payable by the Merchant to Klarna in the twelve (12) months immediately preceding any claim. Neither Party is liable whether in contract or tort (including negligence) for breach of statutory duty, or otherwise arising under or in connection with this Agreement for loss of profits, loss of sales, or business, loss of agreements or contracts, loss of anticipated savings, loss of or damages to goodwill, loss of use or corruption of software, data or information or any indirect, special or consequential loss. Further, neither Party shall be liable for unforeseeable damages or damages atypical for the Agreement, and particularly not for indirect, punitive or consequential damages.
12.2 The limitation of liability set out under Section 12.1 shall not apply to (i) any explicit warranties or indemnifications given under this Agreement, (ii) Klarna’s obligation to pay to the Merchant any amounts due under Section 2 of the main body of this Agreement for the acquisition of Claims, and (iii) Klarna’s right to request compensation in relation to any amounts or claims under Sections 4 and 10.3.
13. Data protection and PCI compliance
13.1 The Parties agree to handle personal data as set out in Appendix 4.
13.2 In respect of Payment Methods offered via or supported by Third Party Payment Option Providers (e.g. Instalments), a Customer may choose to (i) pay directly in the checkout, or (ii) settle the debt to Klarna at a later stage. The Merchant hereby agrees to and authorizes the Third Party Payment Option Provider to store, use, share and release cardholder data, provided or generated pursuant to this Agreement to any person (i) for the purpose of processing the transaction; (ii) as required by applicable rules of Third Party Payment Option Providers or by applicable law; (iii) in aggregated (anonymous and generalised) format to facilitate analysis and comparisons; (iv) to investigate, prevent and/or detect fraud or crime; or (v) to mitigate information security risk, sector risk or credit risk. Klarna undertakes at all times to be Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) validated. The Merchant undertakes at all times to be compliant with the rules of PCI DSS applicable from time to time. As long as the Merchant uses the Services in a compliant way, Klarna will be responsible for the security of cardholder data that Klarna possesses or otherwise stores, processes, or transmits when providing the Services.
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15. Force majeure
Should the Parties be prevented from fulfilling their obligations under this Agreement due to circumstances which the Parties have no control over – e.g. lightning, fire, sabotage, earthquake, tornado, flood, explosion, embargo, war, terrorism, riot, act of God, act of public enemy, changed legal provisions or regulations provided by authorities, intervention by authorities, strike, communication or transport disruptions, changes in exchange rates or natural disasters – the Parties shall be released from its liabilities until the circumstances giving rise to the Parties’ inability to fulfill their respective obligations no longer exist. This section 15 shall be viewed in light of Klarna having a redundant system with geographically dispersed server sites. If a Party is prevented from fulfilling its obligations for a longer period than thirty (30) days due to any such above mentioned circumstances, each Party shall have the right, without being liable to pay any compensation, to terminate the Agreement with immediate effect.
16. Amendments to the Agreement
Amendments to this Agreement require written form (email shall suffice). Klarna may amend any provision of the Agreement or these GTCs by giving the Merchant at least 30 days’ notice prior the the amendment(s) taking effect.. Should any amendment to the Agreement or these GTCs not be acceptable to the Merchant, the Merchant may terminate the Agreement by giving written notice to Klarna no later than sixty (60) days after receipt of Klarna’s notification of amendment.
Neither Party may transfer its rights nor obligations under the Agreement without the other Party’s prior written consent. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Klarna may assign or transfer the Agreement to any Klarna group company. Further, Klarna has the right to transfer, pledge or in any other way dispose over the Claims. Klarna is entitled to engage subcontractors in order to provide its Services.
18.1 The Parties undertake, during the term of this Agreement and for a period of two (2) years thereafter, not to disclose Confidential Information to any third party without the other Party’s written consent. Confidential Information means any information, in whatever form, disclosed or provided by one Party to the other party (Receiving Party) in the context of this Agreement. Non-confidential information means any information which;
(a) is or becomes generally available to the public other than as the result of a disclosure by the Receiving Party;
(b) the Receiving Party can show that it already had in its possession before it was received;
(c) information which the Receiving Party is obliged to provide in accordance with any applicable laws, investment exchange rules, court order or decision by a governmental authority; or
(d) information which the Receiving Party has received from a third party without being bound by confidentiality in relation to it.
18.2 For the avoidance of doubt, Confidential Information also refers to third party information of technical, commercial or other nature unless there are objective and reasonable grounds to assume that such information is non-confidential. This provision applies to any information relating to third parties, including Customer information, that the Merchant obtains when using the Merchant Portal or when communicating with Klarna, and where it is clear that the dissemination of the above-mentioned information is not desired by third parties. Klarna is entitled to share Confidential Information with subcontractors, external advisors and other companies within the Klarna group provided that such parties are subject to confidentiality obligations corresponding to those under this Agreement.
19. IP rights and know-how
Klarna retains all ownership and intellectual property rights to anything developed by Klarna and provided to or accessed by the Merchant under this Agreement. The Merchant’s use of Third Party Payment Option Providers’ trademarks, whether registered or not, does not entail any transfer of ownership, rights or copyrights. After termination of the Agreement or the removal of a certain Payment Method, the Merchant undertakes to immediately remove all respective logotypes and similar of Klarna and/or of any Third Party Payment Option Provider specifically relating to such payment method. This does not apply if the Third Party Payment Option Provider entitles the Merchant to continue the use of its logotypes. The Merchant consents to Klarna’s use of its brand name(s) and publicly available logo(s) in connection with Klarna’s promotion of the Merchant’s business(es).
Should a provision of this Agreement become invalid or unenforceable, this will not affect the other provisions and the validity of this Agreement. Instead of the invalid or unenforceable provision, the Parties shall decide on a wording that comes as close as possible to the commercial meaning and purpose of such provision.
21. Independent contractors
The Merchant and Klarna are independent contractors and shall have no power or authority to assume or create any obligation or responsibility on behalf of each other. The Agreement shall not be construed to create or imply any partnership, agency or joint venture.
22. No third party beneficiary
The Agreement is intended for the sole and exclusive benefit of the signatories and is not intended to benefit any third party.
23. No warranty
Access to Klarna’s systems or databases and participation in and use of the Services are provided under this Agreement on an “as is” basis, without warranty of any kind, except as expressly stated herein or implied by law. Klarna disclaims all representations, warranties, and conditions, express, implied, or statutorily, to the fullest extent permitted by law.
24. Entire agreement
The Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the Parties in relation to the Services and supersedes and replaces all prior oral or written representations or agreements between the Parties on the subject matter or parts hereof.
25.1 Unless the context otherwise requires, words or expressions used in this section which are defined in the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Cth) have the same meaning in this section. Any consideration (including Service Charges) payable or to be provided for a supply made under or in connection with this Agreement, unless specifically described in this Agreement as ‘GST inclusive’, does not include any amount on account of GST. If Klarna makes a taxable supply under or in connection with this Agreement, the Merchant must pay Klarna an additional amount equal to the GST payable on that supply at the same time as the GST exclusive consideration is paid, provided that Klarna has issued a tax invoice to the Merchant for that taxable supply. If a payment is calculated by reference to or as a specified percentage of another amount or revenue stream, that payment shall be calculated by reference to or as a specified percentage of the amount or revenue stream inclusive of GST.
25.2 In cases where Klarna bears the fraud risk, Klarna will compensate the Merchant with the full amount of the Claim excluding Service Charges and GST, as fraudulent transactions should generally not be taxable.
26. Governing law and jurisdiction
26.1 The Agreement and these GTCs are governed by the laws of New South Wales. Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in connection with the Agreement or the GTCs, or the breach, termination or invalidity thereof, shall be finally settled by arbitration administered by the Australian Disputes Centre. The place of the arbitration shall be in Sydney, Australia. The language to be used in the arbitral proceedings shall be English. The Parties undertake and agree that all arbitral proceedings conducted with reference to this arbitration section will be kept strictly confidential, as well as any decision or award that is made or declared during the proceedings. Information covered by this confidentiality undertaking may not, in any form, be disclosed to a third party without the written consent of the other party.
26.2 Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit either Party from seeking preliminary or permanent injunctive relief, restraining orders, decrees of specific performance, or other equitable remedies, in any court of competent jurisdiction.
Data Protection Terms
27.1 “Australian Data Privacy Legislation” means all laws relating to the processing of Personal Information applicable to the respective Party at each point in time, including but not limited to Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Privacy Principles in that Act (the Privacy Act), the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), any codes or guidelines approved under those acts, and all other laws that apply to the privacy, protection and Processing of any Personal Information from time to time.
27.2 “Personal Information” has the meaning given in applicable Australian Data Privacy Legislation from time to time, and includes any information or opinion in any form, whether recorded or not, about an identified individual or an individual who is reasonably identifiable and which the Parties collects or access in regards to this Agreement.
27.3 “Process” means any act or practice in connection with, or processing applied to, any Personal Information, and includes the collection, use, handling, disclosure or storage of, or granting of access rights to, Personal Information; and Processing has a corresponding meaning.
27.4 “Shared Customer Personal Information” means any Personal Information (i) which relates to Customers; and (ii) which is exchanged between the Parties for the purpose of allowing Klarna to perform, and the Merchant to use, the Services, with the ultimate aim of allowing each of Klarna and the Merchant to provide its respective services to the Customers.
27.5 “Shared Contact Personal Information” means any Personal Information (i) which relates to business representatives of a Party; and (ii) which is exchanged between the Parties for the purpose of allowing Klarna to perform, and the Merchant to use, the Services and to otherwise administer the business relationship between the Parties.
27.6 “Shared Personal Information” means Shared Customer Personal Information and Shared Contact Personal Information.
28. Mutual obligations
28.1 As a result of the Agreement, a party may obtain certain Personal Information. As such, the Parties agree and acknowledge that they are separately and independently responsible for complying with Australian Data Privacy Legislation with regard to the Personal Information in its possession.
28.2 Each party should ensure that any Shared Personal Information is shared in accordance with Australian Data Privacy Legislation, including introducing any information about this into their respective privacy policies and/or by other means, as appropriate. This in order to clearly explain the information sharing to the Customers and the Merchant’s business representatives at the same time setting out how their Personal Information may be used by the receiving Party. The Merchant warrants that it will not share any personal data with Klarna that classifies as special categories of personal data, such as information regarding ethnic origin, data concerning health or trade union membership, sexual preference or as otherwise defined as ‘sensitive information’ in the Privacy Act 1988 or equivalent applicable privacy legislation.
29. Klarna’s handling of Merchant’s Shared Contact Personal Information
29.1 Klarna will Process Merchant’s Shared Contact Personal Information to provide the Merchant with the Services and to administer the business relationship with the Merchant. Klarna may also use this Personal Information in order to send newsletters, to conduct product surveys, to advertise similar products or services of Klarna and for event invitations. Merchant’s Shared Contact Personal Information may also be used for business analysis and reporting purposes, during fraud investigations and to comply with applicable laws and regulations. Where lawful, Klarna may disclose the information to other companies within the Klarna group and to third party service providers or partners which may also use the information for the purposes described in this clause. The Merchant’s business representatives are entitled to their rights in respect of their Personal Information as described in applicable law, which may be exercised by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
29.2 Certain services provided by Klarna are subject to separate Klarna privacy policies, prompted before the first use of such service.