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Privacy Policy

1. INFORMATION WE COLLECT

(a) Information You Provide to Us

We may ask you to provide us: (i) your first and last name, email address, home or other mailing address, telephone number, mobile number, credit and debit card numbers and date of birth or other information that could reasonably be used to identify you personally (hereinafter "personal data"); and/or (ii) demographic information, such as information like your gender or product preferences ("Demographic Information"). We may collect this information from you at various times and places, such as when you:  

  • Make a purchase through the Service or in a Store; 
  • Submit account registration forms or otherwise save your information with us on our Service or in a Store;
  • Sign up or request to be placed on our mailing, SMS text and/or email marketing lists;
  • Sign up for a loyalty program; 
  • Participate in a survey or Promotion;
  • Contact us regarding a question or concern such as when you make inquiries concerning our merchandise or services;
  • Participate in any location services we offer (e.g., to provide you with information about new Store openings near you and inform you of new products and promotions that may be of interest to you based on your location); or
  • Submit an application for employment.

Your decision to provide us with information is voluntary, but if you choose not to provide any requested information you may not be able to take advantage of all of the Service’s features, including purchasing products or services from us.

(b) Information We Collect When You Use the Service

In addition to information that you choose to submit to us, we automatically receive and store certain information when you visit or interact with the Service ("Usage Information"). Usage Information is stored on and accessed from your personal computer, laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other device (a "Device") whenever you visit or interact with our Service. Usage Information includes:

  • your IP address, UDID or other unique identifier ("Device Identifier"); A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device used to access the Service, and our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier;
  • your Device functionality (including browser, operating system, hardware, mobile network information);
  • the areas within our Service that you visit and your activities there, including remembering you and your preferences;
  • your Device location;
  • your Device characteristics; and
  • other Device data, including the time of day you visit our Service.

We use various methods and technologies to store or collect Usage Information ("Tracking Technologies"). Tracking Technologies may set, change, alter or modify settings or configurations on your Device. A few of the Tracking Technologies used on the Service, include, without limitation, the following (and subsequent technology and methods later developed):

Cookies.

A cookie is a file placed on a Device to uniquely identify your browser and to store information on your Device. Our Service may use HTTP cookies, HTML5 cookies, Flash cookies and other types of cookie technology to store information on local storage. If you wish to control your preferences regarding certain cookies on our Service, you may do so in our Cookies Preference Center. In addition, regular cookies may generally be disabled or removed by tools that are available as part of most commercial browsers, and in some (but not all) instances can be blocked by selecting certain settings. Each browser you use will need to be set separately and different browsers offer different functionality and options. Please note that these tools may not be effective with regard to Flash cookies or HTML5 cookies. For information on disabling Flash cookies, visit www.adobe.com. Please understand that if you disable or remove any type of cookie, some parts of our Service may not function properly, and that when you revisit our Service your ability to limit cookies is subject to your browser settings and limitations.

Web Beacons.

A Web Beacon is a small tag (which may be invisible to you) that may be placed on our Service's pages and messages. Web beacons may be used by us for a number of purposes, including to count visitors to the Service, to monitor how users navigate the Service, to count how many emails that were sent by us were actually opened or to count how many particular links were actually viewed.

Embedded Scripts.

An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the Service, such as the links you click on within our Service. The code is temporarily downloaded onto your Device from our web server or one of our third party service providers, is active only while you are connected to the Service, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.

ETag, or entity tag.

An Etag or entity tag is a feature of the cache in browsers. It is an opaque identifier assigned by a web server to a specific version of a resource found at a URL. If the resource content at that URL ever changes, a new and different ETag is assigned. Used in this manner ETags are a form of Device Identifier. ETag tracking may generate unique tracking values even where the consumer blocks HTTP, Flash and/or HTML5 cookies.

Browser Fingerprinting.

Collection and analysis of information from your Device, such as, without limitation, your operating system, plug-ins, system fonts and other similar data, for purposes of identification.

Recognition Technologies.

Technologies, including application of statistical probability to data sets, which attempt to recognize or make assumptions about users and devices (e.g., that a user of multiple devices is the same user).

We use the above Tracking Technologies (or ones we incorporate in the future):

  • to allow you to use and access the Service;
  • for the prevention of fraudulent activity and improved security functionality;
  • to allow you to make use of shopping cart functionality;
  • to assess the performance of the Service, as part of our analytic practices and to improve the content, products or services offered through the Service;
  • to identify you when you visit or sign-in to our Service;
  • to keep track of your specified preferences and to track your online activities over time and across third-party sites; and
  • to deliver content, including ads, relevant to your interests on our Service and third party sites based on how you interact with our advertisements and/or content.

(c) Location-Based Information

Our Service collects and uses information on your location to deliver you relevant content and advertising based on your location as part of the location-based services we offer. We use your location information to display our nearest Store location to you. You have the ability to turn location-based services on and off by adjusting the settings of your Internet browser or mobile device or by following the standard uninstall process and if applicable, removing all Company applications from your mobile device.

(d) Information We Collect from Third Parties

We may also receive information about you from your friends and other third parties that use the Service, and combine or link that information with information we have about you (for example, fulfillment of a wish list). Additionally, we supplement information we collect directly from you on our Service with outside records from third parties for purposes of enhancing our ability to market to you, serve you, to tailor our content to you and to offer you opportunities that may be of interest to you. To the extent we combine information we receive from third parties with your personal data, the combined information, unless disclosed otherwise, will be treated as personal data under this Privacy Policy.

(e) Information We Collect When You Interact with Third-Party Sites

The Service may include functionality that allows certain kinds of interactions between the Service and your account on a third-party website or application (for example, the link to Facebook or Twitter). The use of this functionality may involve the third-party site providing information, including personal data such as first and last name, email address, mailing address, geographic location, search history, browser information, and other information to us. For example, we may provide links on the Service to facilitate sending a communication from the Service, or we may use third parties to facilitate emails, Tweets or Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest postings. These third parties may retain any information used or provided in any such communications or activities and these third parties' practices are not subject to our Privacy Policy. We do not control or have access to your communications through these third parties. Further, when you use third-party sites or services, you should review the applicable third-party privacy policies.

(f) Information You Provide About a Third Party

If you send someone else a communication from the Service, such as an invitation to a friend or if you purchase a gift for another person, the information you provide (e.g., names, email addresses, mobile number, etc.) will be used to facilitate the communication. You need to ensure that you have the recipient's permission to use his or her information for this purpose. Please be aware that when you use any send-to-a-friend functionality on our Service, your email address, mobile number, name or username and message may be included in the communication sent to your addressee(s).

 

2. HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT

 

We use your personal data, Demographic Information and Usage Information for purposes of:

  • Processing, tracking and completing purchase, return and similar transactions;
  • Sending you marketing information about Company and other third parties we work with, including through direct mail offerings;
  • Sending you email communications such as electronic newsletters about our products, services, events, loyalty programs and Promotions;
  • Enabling you to participate in the Service's features such as surveys and Promotions;
  • Improving the effectiveness of our Service, marketing endeavors and service offerings;
  • Offering you location-based services (e.g., to provide you with information about new Store openings near you);
  • Processing Service account registration, including, without limitation, loyalty program applications;
  • Providing customer service, including responding to your inquiries regarding our merchandise or services;
  • Notifying you of product recalls or providing other information concerning products you have purchased;
  • Sending you information about orders you have made on the Service;
  • Identifying your product and service preferences, providing personalized content and ads and informing you of new or additional products, services and Promotions that may be of interest to you;
  • Helping us address problems with and improve our Service and our merchandise and services;
  • Providing mobile marketing messages and other communications and messages;
  • Protecting the security and integrity of the Service;
  • Creating aggregated data and statistics (which does not identify you and which we freely use and share);
  • Meeting applicable legal and regulatory requirements;
  • For internal business purposes;
  • For purposes disclosed at the time you provide your information or as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy; and
  • Use of Information for Recruitment Purposes. Where you have provided us with personal data or Demographic Information as part of an online application for employment or internship, we may use that information in order to allow us to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with your application. We may, as part of this recruitment process, collect information about your education, employment history and similar matters. Where this personal data or Demographic Information is considered to be sensitive, you expressly consent to our processing of this information for recruitment purposes by submitting it to us.

Please also note that this Privacy Policy is not intended to place any limits on what we do with aggregated, pseudonymized or anonymized data.

 

3. SHARING OF INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES

 

We may share your information as follows:

(a) When You Request We Share With Third Parties.

You may be presented with an option to receive certain information and/or marketing offers directly from third parties or to have us send certain information to third parties or give them access to it. If you choose to do so, your information may be disclosed to such third parties and all information you disclose will be subject to the third-party privacy policies and practices of such third parties. In addition, third parties may store, collect or otherwise have access to your information when you interact with their content on our Service. This may include using third-party tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or other third-party posting or content sharing tools and by so interacting you consent to such third party practices. We are not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of such third parties and, therefore, you should review such third-party privacy policies and practices of such third parties prior to requesting information from or otherwise interacting with them.

(b) Third Parties Providing Services to Company.

We may use third-party service providers to perform certain services on behalf of us or the Service, such as: (i) to assist us inService operations; (ii) to manage a database of customer information; (iii) hosting the Service; (iv) designing and/or operating the Service's features; (v) tracking the Service's activities and analytics; (vi) enabling us to send you special offers or perform other administrative services; and (vii) other services designed to assist us in maximizing our business potential. We may provide these vendors with access to user information, including Device Identifiers and personal data, to carry out the services they are performing for you or for us. Third-party analytics and other service providers may set and access their own Tracking Technologies on your Device and they may otherwise collect or have access to information about you, potentially including personal data, about you. For any third party we share your personal data with, we enter into contracts limiting their use of your personal data to their provision of services for us.

(c) To Protect the Rights of Company and Others.

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we may also disclose your information if we believe in good faith that doing so is necessary or appropriate to: (i) protect or defend the rights, safety or property of Company or third parties (including through the enforcement of this Privacy Policy, our terms of Use, and other applicable agreements and policies); or (ii) comply with legal and regulatory obligations (e.g., pursuant to law enforcement inquiries, subpoenas or court orders). To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, we have complete discretion in electing to make or not make such disclosures, and to contest or not contest requests for such disclosures, all without notice to you.

 

(e) Sweepstakes, Contests and Promotions.

We may offer sweepstakes, contests, and other promotions (any, a "Promotion") through the Service, in the Stores or through one of our social media pages that may require registration. By participating in a Promotion, you are agreeing to official rules that govern that Promotion, which may contain specific requirements of you, including, allowing the sponsor of the Promotion to use your name, voice and likeness in advertising associated with the Promotion. If you choose to enter a Promotion, personal data may be disclosed to third parties or the public in connection with the administration of such Promotion, including in connection with winner selection, prize fulfillment, and as required by law or permitted by the Promotion's official rules, such as on a winner's list.

(f) Online Marketing.

Where permitted by law, we may share your personal data related to your activities on our Service for purposes of retargeting our advertisements and other companies' direct marketing purposes.

(g) Use of Information For Recruitment Purposes.

In conjunction with laws and regulations enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) and similar state and local regulatory agencies, we may, in connection with your employment at Chico’s or its Affiliates, ask you to provide us with self-identifying information (such as veteran status, gender and ethnicity). Providing such self-identifying information is voluntary, but if you do provide us with such information, we may submit that information, to the EEOC, the OFCCP and similar state and local regulatory agencies or otherwise use or disclose it for business-related purposes, including, without limitation, responding to information requests, fulfilling regulatory reporting requirements and defending against employment related complaints.

 

4. INFORMATION YOU DISCLOSE PUBLICLY

(a) User Content and Public Information.

The Service may permit you to submit ideas, photographs, videos, audio recordings, questions, comments, suggestions or other content, including personal data (collectively, "User Content"), on blogs and message boards, product reviews and other public forums. You acknowledge and agree that we or others shall have the right to store, display, publish, distribute or otherwise use User Content online or offline in any media or format and may or may not attribute the User Content to you. Others may have access to this User Content and may have the ability to share it with third parties. Please note that Company does not control who will have access to the information that you choose to make public, and cannot ensure that parties who have access to such publicly available information will respect your privacy or keep it secure. We are not responsible for the privacy or security of any information that you make publicly available on the Service or what others do with information you share with them on the Service.

(b) Name and Likeness.

For full terms and conditions regarding User Content you submit to us, please review our terms of  Use. In accordance with such Terms of Use, we may publish your name, voice, likeness and other personal data that is part of your User Content, and we may use the content, or any portion of the content, for advertising, marketing, publicity and promotional activities. By connecting with the Company brands through our social media pages or accounts, or by posting content using Company-created hashtags or other identifiers, you are providing your consent for Company to use any personal data or other content you submit or make available through such sites for marketing and promotional purposes, including, but not limited to, incorporation into our marketing materials, without further notice or compensation.

 

5. ADS AND INFORMATION ABOUT YOU

Data about your activities online is being collected on our Service for use in providing advertising tailored to your individual interests. We may use third parties such as network advertisers and ad exchanges to serve advertisements across the Internet and may use third party analytics service providers to evaluate and provide us and/or third parties with information about the use of these ads on third party websites and viewing of ads and of our content. Third parties may offer you a choice as to whether or not to have your information collected for that purpose. This section of the Privacy Policy provides details and explains how to exercise that choice. 

You may see certain ads on our Service as well as on other third-party websites across the Internet because we participate in advertising networks administered by third parties. These networks track your online activities over time and across third party websites and online services (e.g., apps) by collecting information through automated means, including through the use of the Tracking Technologies described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy, and they use this information to show you advertisements (including our ads) that are tailored to your individual interests. The information they collect includes information about your visits to our Service, such as the pages you have viewed. These third-party tracking technologies may be set to, among other things: (a) help deliver advertisements to you that you might be interested in; (b) prevent you from seeing the same advertisements too many times; and (c) understand the usefulness to you of the advertisements that have been delivered to you. You acknowledge and agree that associated technology may access and use your device and may set or change settings on your device in connection with the associated operations. Note that any images (or any other parts of content) served by third parties in association with third-party ads or other content may act as web beacons, which enable third parties to carry out the previously described activities.

 

6. THIRD-PARTY CONTENT AND LINKS TO THIRD-PARTY SITES

The Service may contain content that is supplied by a third party, and those third parties may collect Usage Information and your Device Identifier when pages from the Service are served to you. In addition, when you are on the Service, you may be directed to other services that are operated and controlled by third parties. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the privacy practices of third parties and we are not responsible for the data collection and privacy practices employed by any of these third parties. For example, if you “click” on a link, the “click” may take you off the Service onto a different site or service. These other sites and services may independently collect data about you and may or may not have their own published privacy policies.

 

7. YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS

This section applies to any California residents about whom we have collected personal data from any source, including through your use of our Service, by buying our products or services, or by communicating with us electronically, in paper correspondence, or in person. This section may only apply to non-California residents as may be consistent with applicable state law in your state of residence. 

a. What Personal Data Do We Collect?

We may collect the following categories of personal data about you:   

  • Identifiers, such as real name, alias, postal address unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, account number, social security number; driver’s license number, passport number, or other similar identifiers; 
  • Commercial information, such as records of products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies;
  • Biometric information, which includes fingerprints; facial scans; voice recognition information; genetic information; and/or other similar biometric identifiers;
  • Information relating to Internet activity or other electronic network activity, including browsing history, search history, and information regarding a consumer’s interaction with a website, application, or advertisement;
  • Geolocation data, which includes Global Positioning System (“GPS”) data; locational information based upon your IP address; cell network data; and/or other similar locational data; and which may be collected from various devices including your mobile device(s) or vehicle(s);
  • Audio, electronic, or visual information; which includes records of calls to or from our customer service centers; and/or video surveillance information;
  • Professional or employment-related information, such as your employer, job, assets and income;
  • Education information;
  • Inferences about you;
  • Information related to characteristics protected under California or federal law which includes gender; race and ethnicity; nationality; marital status; military service / veteran status; and/or date of birth; and
  • Other personal data not listed above and described in California Civil Code § 1798.80(e) (e.g., signature, physical characteristics or description, insurance policy number, bank account number, credit card number, debit card number, and other financial, medical, or health insurance information).

To help you further understand what we do with the above categories of personal data, we have provided you with a matrix detailing the sources, purposes, and any sharing related to each category. You may review that matrix by scrolling down to Table 1 in section 7(i) below.

b. What Do We Do With Your Personal Data?

We use the personal data we collect from you for the purposes outlined in Section 2 above. Other than as outlined in Section 5 with respect to our participation in behavioral ad networks to the extent this is considered a sale of data under applicable law, we do not sell your personal data for monetary or other valuable consideration.

c. Sources of Collected Information

We may collect personal data from the following categories of sources:

  • Our customers, including via our websites, mobile applications, telephone, text message, postal mail, social media, forums, message boards, chatbot, or other means;
  • Our affiliates, which includes Chico’s Off the Rack, White House | Black Market, and Soma;
  • Our service providers, which includes customer relationship management providers, analytics providers, website hosting providers, systems administrators, and communications delivery services;
  • Nonaffiliated companies with which we have a business relationship, which includes promotional and joint marketing partners;
  • Other third parties, which includes other websites and mobile applications, online advertising partners, and other data suppliers;
  • Things that other third parties may post publicly about you or otherwise provide to us; and
  • Employees and job applicants.

d. Who We Share Personal Data With?

We may share your personal data with the following categories of third parties:

  • Affiliates;
  • Companies offering similar products and services as Company;
  • Advertising and marketing companies;
  • Social media companies;
  • Technology companies; and
  • Nonaffiliated companies with which we have a business relationship.

e. Your Privacy Rights

If you are a California resident, subject to applicable law, you have the following rights under California law with respect to your personal data:

  • Right to Know. You may have the right to request what personal data we collect, use, disclose, and/or sell, as applicable.
  • Right to Delete. You have the right to request the deletion of your personal data that is collected or maintained by us.
  • Right to Opt-Out of Sale (Do Not Sell My Info). You have the right to request to be opted out from any sales of your personal data by us. This opt-out will not change your preferences with respect to the receipt of marketing and other communications from the Company. Information about modifying your communication preferences is set forth in Section 13 below. In addition, you may opt-out of cookies used for behavioral third party advertising by visiting our Cookies Preference Center.
  • Right to Non-Discrimination. You have the right not to be denied goods or services, charged different prices or rates for goods or services, or receive a differing level of quality of goods or services as a result of exercising the above rights.
  • Right to request information regarding third party direct marketing. We may from time to time elect to share certain information about you collected by us on the Service with third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes. California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents who have supplied personal data, as defined in the statute, to us, under certain circumstances, to request and obtain certain information regarding our disclosure, if any, of personal data to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. If this applies, you may obtain the categories of personal data shared and the names and addresses of all third parties that received personal data for their direct marketing purposes during the immediately prior calendar year (e.g., requests made in 2022 will receive information about 2021 sharing activities). To make such a request, please provide sufficient information for us to determine if this applies to you, attest to the fact that you are a California resident and provide a current California address for our response. To make such a request (limit one request per year), please submit a written request to the following address (limit one request per year): Chico’s, 11215 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33966 (Attn: General Counsel – California Privacy Rights Notice). You must include your full name, email address, and postal address in your request.

f. Exercising Your Rights

If you are a California resident and wish to seek to exercise any of the rights in Section (e) above (other than your right to request information regarding third party direct marketing which must follow the process set forth in the last bullet above), please reach us in one (1) of the following ways:

  • Contact Us
  • Fill out our Consumer Rights Request Form found.

You may also authorize someone to exercise the above rights on your behalf. If we have collected information on your minor child, you may exercise the above rights on behalf of your minor child.

The above rights are subject to our being able to reasonably verify your identity and authority to make these requests. After you make a request to exercise these rights, you may receive an email requesting that you verify your identify. In order for us to verify your identify, you may be required to provide your name, loyalty or customer number, transaction history details, and/or any and all email addresses that you have used to interact with our brands. We will respond to your request only after your identity has been verified. Note that these rights are also subject to various exclusions and exceptions under applicable laws.

Please note that in some instances, we may offer coupons or discount codes to users who subscribe to our email list or SMS text marketing program.

gNotice of Financial Incentives.

Company may offer discounts on products and services – including those offered by Company, its affiliates, or its third party business partners – by joining our rewards program, email subscription lists, or other promotions. The availability of these promotions to you at any given time will vary.  If and when we offer such programs, we may ask for your personal data (such as your name and email address) as a prerequisite to your participation in the program.

The programs that may be available to you are:

  • Loyalty Program.  When you join our Loyalty Program, we may present you with special offers in the form of free or discounted products or services, or via sweepstakes, contests, or giveaways.  Many of these offers may be redeemable with rewards points, which are earned through various purchases and activities on our Service.  In order to participate in this program, you must sign up for the Loyalty Program and provide your personal data.
  • Email newsletter.  When you subscribe to the email newsletters, we may offer you special offers in the form of free or discounted products and announcements of sweepstakes, contests, and giveaways.  In order to participate in the email newsletter, you must provide a valid email address.  
  • You may join these programs by visiting our Service.   You may also withdraw from these programs at any time by contacting Customer Service 

The value we place on the personal data that we collect in connection with these programs is calculated by determining the approximate additional spending per promotion participant, compared to individuals for whom we do not have email addresses, shopping history and preferences, or other collected information. 

 

8 SECURITY

We ensure personal data is secure by providing, among other things, secured access to physical buildings and data processing areas, controlled computer access to data processing systems including individual log-ins, complex password requirements, automatic time out for inactivity, automatic lock for invalid password attempts, controlled, monitored and traceable staff access rights to personal data, encryption and firewall technologies, data back-up and storage, input and job control through record authentication, password requirements and electronic recording of entries and routine auditing, and separation of processing for different purposes. We incorporate commercially reasonable safeguards to help protect and secure your personal data, however, no data transmission over the Internet, mobile networks, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information can be guaranteed 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to or from our Service, and you provide us with your information at your own risk.

If you receive an email that appears to be a request from us for personal data, Do Not Respond as this may be a "phishing" scam designed to steal your information. Never include your credit or debit card number or other sensitive information in an email as it is not a secure means of transmitting information. We will only request such information during secure transactions on our Service.

It is your responsibility to safeguard any password you create to access "My Account" and to sign-out when your visit is complete.