The basic terms of this policy cover all of Gap Inc.’s consumer facing operations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and European Union. You can click on the geographic regions below to see additional terms that apply specifically to our customers in those regions. The region-specific terms of this policy only apply to the Gap companies that are in those geographic locations, or as applicable law requires.
For a complete list of our companies, click here. To contact the customer service department that serves your region, please see the “Have questions or concerns” section of this policy.
2. Your Right to Control How Your Personal Information is Used
You have the right to make requests regarding your personal information. You can:
- Review the personal information we have about you or request a copy of it
- Ask us to update or correct personal information if it is inaccurate
- Request that we delete your personal information
- Opt-out of sharing your personal information with third parties for some purposes
- Object to certain types of uses of your personal information
- Make choices about receiving email marketing
- Tell us which cookies you want us to use when you shop online by clicking on the on our Canadian websites, or using the cookie banners on our UK or EU websites
These rights vary depending on where you reside. But we will make reasonable efforts to honor your request, even if your country or state does not require us to do so. If you ask us to delete or stop using your personal information, we may not be able to honor that request if the information is required to process your payments or returns; fulfill your order; or comply with tax, audit or regulatory requirements. Please contact us to exercise one or more of these rights.
3. Types of Information We Collect
We collect information about you such as your contact information, payment information, demographic information, shopping preferences and information about the devices you use to shop online.
We do not knowingly collect personal information directly from children under the age of 13 (16 in the UK/EU) without parental consent. Our websites are general audience sites and are not specifically targeted to or intended for use by children.
We need to collect personal information in order to provide the products and services you request. If you do not provide the information requested, we may not be able to provide you with these products and services.
4. How We Collect Your Information
We collect information about you in a variety of different ways:
4.1 Information you provide to us, such as while making a purchase or signing up for a loyalty or rewards program.
4.2 Information we collect while you interact with our websites, mobile or other apps, social media sites, and other products and services. This often involves information about your device such as IP addresses and MAC addresses, as well as information collected through cookies.
4.3 Information we collect about you from other sources, such as credit card issuers and data analytics firms.
4.4 Information we create ourselves after we analyze the information we collected about you, such as your shopping preferences.
4.1 Information You Provide to Us
Online Order Information
When you make a purchase from our websites or mobile apps, we ask you to provide us with information about your purchase such as your name, email address, shipping address, phone number, and payment information.
When you visit one of our stores, we may ask you for certain information, such as at the point of sale or while interacting with one of our team members. This may include payment information, product information (such as clothing size), and other information about your purchase, including your name, email address, shipping address, and phone number.
If you sign up for an online account through our websites or mobile applications, we may ask you to provide your username, password, email address, phone number, payment card information, product preferences, past purchases, or gender. You do not have to create an online account to make a purchase.
If you connect your social media account to your online account, you will share certain personal information from your social media account with us, for example, your name, email address, photo, list of social media contacts, and any other information that may be accessible to us when you connect your social media account to your online account.
If you would like to receive marketing communications from us, you may do so by signing up on our websites, mobile applications, or in our stores. We will ask you to provide your email address or phone number so we can send you marketing materials.
Communicating with us
When you contact us about a customer service issue, or to make other inquiries, we collect the content of those communications, and any additional information about the method of communication such as phone, SMS, email, chat, or through social media platforms. For example, if you email us, we will collect your email address, if you send us a text message, we will collect your phone number, and so on.
Loyalty & Rewards Programs
If you enroll in a loyalty or rewards program such as BRIGHT, we collect information such as your name, email, telephone number, or mailing address in order to track your rewards and allow you to redeem them across our brands.
Credit Card Programs
In certain countries, we may provide you with the opportunity to apply for an offer of credit from a payment card issuer in our stores or online. To create a more convenient application process, we may provide information from your customer account to a payment card issuer in order to generate a pre-approved credit offer and/or pre-populate your online credit card application with information from your customer account. By submitting a credit card application either in store or online, you acknowledge and agree that Gap Inc. may provide your information to the payment card issuer in accordance with the terms and conditions of the application. For information about the privacy practices associated with your credit card application, please contact the payment card issuer.
4.2 Information We Collect Through Your Interactions With Us
Websites and Mobile Apps
When you visit one of our websites or use our mobile apps we may collect your device identifier such as IP address or MAC address, as well as browser and settings information, shopping preferences, and information about how you interact with our websites and other digital products.
If you choose to connect to our in-store Wi-Fi services, we will receive information about you and your device. This may include your device’s MAC address, IP address, received signal strength indicators (RSSI), and technical details about your device such as its operating system, device type, device name, and technical capabilities. We may also receive information about the store location you visit, the areas of the store you visit, the names and/or Internet addresses of the websites you visit and the applications you use, and how long you interact with such sites or applications.
If your mobile device is configured to search for available Wi-Fi networks, we may receive information about your device even if you choose not to connect to our Wi-Fi Services.
You can opt out of the auto-reconnect feature at any time by visiting http://www.smart-places.org.
In-Store Cameras, RFID, and other tracking technologies
We use a variety of technologies in our stores for a variety of reasons. We may use video and RFID tracking to protect against theft and fraud in our stores. We also collect and aggregate data to track and analyze how our customers move through the store, so that we can make changes to the layout and optimize their experience.
4.3 Other Sources
We may collect information about you in connection with investigations into fraudulent or criminal activities on our websites, mobile apps, and in our stores.
We may also collect information from other sources, including for example, joint marketing partners, data analytics firms, public databases, publicly available social media pages, and other third parties we work with.
4.4 Information We Aggregate and Derive
We may aggregate and/or anonymize personal information so that it will no longer be considered personal information. We do so to generate other data for our use, which we may use and disclose for any purpose. For example, we may calculate the percentage of our site users who have a particular telephone area code.
5. Cookies and Similar Technologies
Cookies are little bits of computer code that collect data by tagging along with you while you browse. Most websites, including ours, wouldn’t work very well without certain cookies. They allow us to prevent crashes, display information, fix bugs, and ensure the security of our site (and your account). These types of cookies are often called “strictly necessary” cookies. Because they are needed for our site to work, we don’t provide you with an ability to opt-out of these cookies. But you can remove them by using your browser settings. Keep in mind that certain features of our site may not be available to you.
Some cookies provide important services but are not strictly necessary for our website to work. These cookies use information about your interactions with us so we can suggest clothes and special offers for you. If your shopping is interrupted, they remember where you left off and send you reminders that you truly deserve that new outfit. These reminders might be sent to you in an email, on social media or while you’re browsing another website or on another device. We think these cookies are useful and will make it easier for you to shop with us. But you might disagree. If so, you can tell us not to use certain cookies by using the opt-out tools we have placed on our ecommerce websites. These options vary by geographic region.
6. How We Use Your Information
We use your personal information to provide you with our products and services and to operate our business. We often use the information we collect for multiple purposes. For example, if you make a purchase on our website, we collect several types of data from you and use it in multiple ways: First, we use your shipping address to make sure that our products arrive at your door. We may also use your contact information to send you a receipt of purchase. We may look at your experience on our website to make improvements to it and try to tailor it to your needs. We will also analyze the data you provide us and your behavior on our website to ensure that the activity is not fraudulent. Finally, we use your purchase information for other business-related purposes like accounting and financial reporting.
We may also combine information we collect from you with information we obtain from other sources. This may include your online and in-store purchase transactions and other interactions you have with us and our partners.
We often obtain your consent to use your information. But sometimes, obtaining your consent is not needed because we may use your information for our own legitimate interests, to fulfill a contract with you, or to comply with legal obligations imposed on us. For example, when you make purchases online, we process your information to fulfill our contractual obligations. When you visit our websites, we have a legitimate interest in using your browsing data to improve our site’s usability, and when you engage with us online, we have a legal obligation to ensure that you are not attempting to defraud, us or our customers.
7. How We Share Personal Information
We may share your personal information with our affiliated companies and brands, with third parties who provide services to you or us, with promotional partners, with social media companies, or with other third parties as needed to carry out our business, or comply with a legal obligation.
Sharing between brands and affiliates
When you provide information to one of our brands, we may share it with our other brands such as Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Intermix, Athleta, Hill City, and Janie and Jack. Our brands operate under a number of corporate subsidiaries and affiliates, which you can see here.
Public posting and social sharing
When you post public comments on our websites, through in-store technologies, on public forums like our social media sites, blogs, and online reviews, your comments are accessible by other members of the public.
Social media logins and other integrations
Gap Inc.’s service providers
Gap Inc. uses third parties to provide services to you or us. This includes managing customer information; fulfilling promotions; sending marketing communications; conducting surveys; hosting websites; analyzing data; processing payments; fulfilling and shipping orders; or providing network security, accounting, auditing, and other services. We do not authorize these service providers to use or disclose your information for purposes other than why we have retained them.
Third party partners
You may share information with other companies when we work with them to promote our products, services, offers, contests, or other promotions to our customers.
Script or Loyalty Programs
If you participate in third party scrip, loyalty, or similar programs that a Gap Inc. brand also participates in, we will share your information with them to facilitate the program. This may include sending your purchase information to credit card processors, so part of your purchase may be donated to participating schools or other non-profit organizations. If you participate in loyalty programs, we may send your information to the vendor administering the program. This information may include your name, email, credit card number, your purchase history, and other information you have provided to us through the program.
If you purchase Athleta and Hill City brand products through our website or by placing a catalog order by phone or mail, we may share your name, postal address, and shopping history with other retailers so they can send you catalogs and offers by mail. We do not share email addresses for such purposes. If you would prefer that we not share information about you with these companies, please let us know by contacting Athleta and Hill City customer service as described in the section entitled, "Contact Information".
Payment card issuers
In certain countries, we may provide you with the opportunity to apply for an offer of credit from a payment card issuer. To create a more convenient application process, we may provide information from your customer account to a payment card issuer in order to generate a pre-approved credit offer or pre-populate your online credit card application with information from your customer account. By submitting a credit card application either in store or online, you acknowledge and agree that Gap Inc. may provide your information to the payment card issuer in accordance with the terms and conditions of the application. For information about the privacy practices associated with your credit application, please contact the payment card issuer.
To fulfill legal obligations and with government agencies
We may share information about you if necessary or appropriate, in our good faith judgment, to comply with laws or regulations, or in response to a valid subpoena, order, or government request, or to protect the operations, privacy, safety, property or rights of Gap Inc. or others.
During a sale or business transaction
In the event of any potential or actual reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets, or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings), your personal information may be shared with third parties such as the acquiring entity and its advisors.
8. How we Store and Secure Your Information
8.1 Where We Store Information.
Gap Inc. is a global company with a global footprint, but the majority of the Personal Information that we collect is stored in the United States. Your personal information may be subject to the laws of the countries in which it is stored or used. By providing us with any personal information, you understand that your information may be transferred, processed, or stored outside of your country of residence, including the United States, which may have a different data protection regime from the country in which you reside. In certain circumstances, courts, law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies, or security authorities in those other countries may be entitled to access your personal information. European customers can read more about this topic here:
8.2. Information Retention.
We will retain your personal information for as long as needed to provide the service to you (for example, as long as you have an online account with us) or as needed to fulfill our own obligations, such as preventing fraud, meeting regulatory requirements, resolving disputes, improving our services or maintaining security, and in each case, as consistent with applicable law. We may retain non-personal information that has been sufficiently aggregated or anonymized for a longer period.
8.3. Information Security.
We do our best to provide you with a safe and convenient shopping experience. We have put in place a wide variety of technical and organizational security measures to help protect you and the personal information we collect about you. Please note that we will never email you asking for account information like your user name, date of birth, credit card information, or other personal information. Finally, we will never email you with attachments that can be opened. If you received a suspicious email that appears to be from us please contact us.
8.4 Third Party Services.
We are not responsible for, and this policy does not address, the privacy practices of other third parties, such as Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, or any other app developers, social media platforms, operating system providers, wireless or telecommunications service providers, or device manufacturers. The inclusion of a link on our services does not imply an endorsement of the linked sites or services by us or our affiliates.
8.5 Sensitive Information.
Unless we request it, we ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive personal information (e.g., social security numbers, information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, biometrics or genetic characteristics, criminal background, or trade union membership) on or through our services or otherwise to us.
8.6 Third Party Payment Service.
8.7 Changes to this Policy.
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