Last updated March 17, 2016
Lowe's Companies Canada, ULC and its subsidiaries and affiliates ("Lowe's") value and respect the privacy of customers, employees and suppliers. This Privacy Statement describes how Lowe's collects, uses, shares, retains, and protects personal information, and of the choices you can make regarding your personal information. Click on any heading below to go directly to that section of the Privacy Statement.
Lowe's is a global organization with legal entities, business processes, management structures, and technical systems that cross international borders. This Privacy Statement applies only to personal information collected by Lowe's operations at physical locations in Canada and on Lowe's Canadian websites and domains, such as www.lowes.ca, unless a statement posted on a specific Lowe's Canadian website or at a Lowe's physical location in Canada states that a different privacy statement applies. This Privacy Statement applies to information that constitutes "personal information" under applicable privacy legislation.
B. Lowe's Accountability
All employees and those working on behalf of Lowe's are responsible for following this Privacy Statement. Lowe's has a Privacy Officer who is responsible for overseeing Lowe's compliance with this Privacy Statement. Please see "How to Contact Us" for information on how to contact Lowe's Privacy Officer.
Lowe's may collect personal information that you provide when you:
Lowe's may also collect personal information from public sources and from third-parties where permitted by law. Below you will find specific information about Lowe's collection practices in stores and over the telephone, as well as online and in connection with a Lowe’s Private Label Credit Products.
A. Collection of Personal Information in Stores or over the Telephone
At the point-of-sale, we may ask for your telephone number and/or postal code. You may decline to provide this information. Telephone numbers are collected primarily to assist in returning products without a receipt, but may also be used to perform customer analysis and to otherwise assist us in enhancing our customers' shopping experience. Postal codes are collected to help understand what neighbourhoods Lowe's stores are serving and the purchasing interests of those neighbourhoods.
If you use a debit or credit card for any of your purchases, Lowe's collects the payment card information necessary to complete each transaction. Lowe's retains this information for accounting and auditing purposes and to comply with our obligations to your credit or debit card company. Lowe's may also use this information to process a request to return an item or to provide a refund or exchange, as well as for analysis and to comply with laws requiring Lowe's to retain financial records of its activities.
If you return previously purchased merchandise or request a refund or exchange, especially without a receipt, you may be asked to provide your name, address, and telephone number. Lowe's collects this information for loss prevention purposes, including the detection and prevention of fraud and theft.
If you purchase or arrange for a delivery or an installation service, Lowe's will collect personal information from you to aid in providing these services. This information may include your name, address, personal e-mail address, telephone number(s) and shipping or installation location information. This information may also be used to perform customer analysis and to otherwise assist us in enhancing our customers' shopping experience.
If you qualify for a tax exemption, Lowe's will collect the personal information necessary to document the exemption and satisfy the applicable taxing authorities, as well as to help identify you and retrieve your tax exempt status when you make future purchases, so that you aren't required to repeatedly provide the same information.
If you rent a truck/van or other equipment, Lowe's may collect, on its behalf or on behalf of the owner of the trucks/vans or other equipment, additional personal information and identification, such as a driver's license and verification of age and insurance. This information is used to comply with obligations to the owner of the truck/van or other equipment, determine eligibility to rent, comply with legal requirements, confirm the identity of the customer, and assist in retrieving the truck/van or other equipment in the event they are not returned.
Lowe's may conduct video surveillance and recording of its stores and other premises for security, loss prevention, and safety purposes, and to monitor in-store traffic patterns, customer counts and interests, and perform similar analytics. Where video surveillance is used, recordings are kept in a secure area. Lowe's policies limit access to any video surveillance to appropriate personnel, including loss prevention employees and senior management. Video surveillance recordings are routinely destroyed unless they are needed for investigations of an incident or legal proceedings.
If you telephone Lowe's to make an inquiry, request information, provide a compliment, make a complaint, or for any other reason, Lowe's may ask for personal information in order to assist you. For example, Lowe's may collect your contact information so that it can later respond to you. Lowe's may also ask for information about the product or service that that you purchased or about which you have expressed an interest so that it can process your inquiry and provide you with an opportunity to learn about other products or services that may be of interest to you. Calls to or from customer service centers or other phone support lines may be monitored or recorded for quality control, training, security, and analytics purposes.
B. Collection of Personal Information Online
(1) Information You Provide
When you visit Lowe's websites, such as www.lowes.ca, Lowe's provides you with the opportunity to become a registered user, but will not require that you register. If you register, you will be asked to provide limited contact information and you may also sign up for e-mail newsletters on relevant home improvement subjects. In order for Lowe's to deliver these newsletters, Lowe's may need to share your contact information with its service providers who supply the e-mail service. Lowe's may also use third party companies to authenticate and validate the information you provide to Lowe's. Your registration information may be merged with additional information provided by the third parties to enhance our marketing efforts. The information you provide while visiting Lowe's websites may also be combined with marketing research from internal and external sources and may be used to determine informational and shopping preferences.
If you choose to purchase products online from Lowe's websites you will need to provide the following information so that we can fulfill your order:
Your order information will also be used to track and analyze shopping trends. Lowe's requests a phone number in case one of our Customer Care representatives need to reach you, such as in order to arrange a delivery. Lowe's requests an email address because we send transactional e-mails acknowledging receipt of your order and providing updates on the processing of your order. You may also be given the choice of receiving future marketing e-mails or newsletters at the e-mail address you provide.
If you choose to apply on-line for employment with Lowe's, the information you provide will be directed to Lowe's third-party career portal (operated by IBM) which collects the information on Lowe's behalf. Lowe's collects your personal information during the employment application process in order to evaluate your application and to make hiring decisions.
(2) Information Collected by Automatic Means
When you visit Lowe's websites, such as www.lowes.ca, interact with e-mails from Lowe's, or access Lowe's online advertising, Lowe's may collect certain information by automated means, using technologies such as cookies, Web server logs, and Web beacons. This information may be used to provide a better-tailored and more personalized shopping experience, and for market research, data analytics, and system administration purposes. For instance, Lowe's may use this information to determine whether you've visited our website before, to store your preferences and settings, to provide sign-in authentication, and for compliance with our legal obligations, policies, and procedures. Lowe's may also collect data about your activities on our websites for use in providing advertising tailored to your individual interests, as described in Interest-Based Advertising below.
Lowe's websites may use HTTP cookies, HTML5 cookies, Flash cookies and other types of local storage (such as browser-based or plugin-based local storage). Cookies are small text files that websites send to your computer or other Internet-connected device to uniquely identify your browser or to store information or settings. Lowe's may use "session" cookies (which do not remain on your computer after you close your browser) and "persistent" cookies (which do remain on your computer until you delete them or they expire.) Your browser may provide the ability to be notified when you receive certain types of cookies and how to restrict or disable certain cookies. These settings generally do not work for Flash Cookies, but you may be able to delete your Flash cookies or adjust your Flash cookie settings by visiting the Adobe Flash Website Storage Settings Panel and Global Storage Settings Panel. Please note, however, that if you disable cookies, you may not be able to use all of the features and functions of our websites.
Lowe's websites, e-mails, and electronic newsletters may contain tags known as "Web beacons" or "single-pixel gifs," which are small electronic images used to help deliver cookies on our sites, count visitors to our webpages, determine whether e-mails are opened, and for other operational purposes. We may work with other companies by sharing information about the use of our beacons or to place beacons on their sites or in their advertisements to let us develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement or product on one website results in a purchase or other action on other sites. Our webpages may also contain Web beacons from third parties, which help us compile aggregated statistics regarding the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other website operations. These Web beacons may allow the third parties to set or read a cookie on your computer.
E-mails from Lowe's often use links designed to lead you to Lowe's materials or third-party materials on the Web, after redirection through Lowe's servers. The redirection system allows Lowe's to change the destination URL of these links, if necessary, and to determine the effectiveness of our marketing initiatives. Such web links may also allow Lowe's to determine whether you have clicked a link in an e-mail, and this information about the interaction may be connected to your personal information. If you do not want Lowe's to collect information about the links that you click, you can change your choice about how you receive communications from Lowe's (i.e. choose a text-based version of the message where available) or choose not to click links in an e-mail that Lowe's sends.
Lowe's websites and applications generally use Web server logs to record information about your use of the services, such as your device type, operating system type, browser type, domain, system settings, and IP address, as well as the language your system uses and the country and time zone where your device is located. These logs also may record information such as the address of the Web page that referred you to our website, and other information about your interaction with our websites, such as which pages you visit. This is a common practice that supports the operation and protection of our websites and applications.
Lowe's may also use third-party Web analytics services on our websites, such as those of Adobe (formerly Omniture) and Google Analytics. These service providers help us analyze how users use our websites. These providers may collect various data points associated with your visits to our websites, including your IP address, and they may place cookies to help with the analysis. To learn more about Adobe Analytics and how to opt-out, click here. To learn more about Google Analytics and how to opt-out, click here.
If you choose to install a Lowe's mobile application, we may automatically collect certain details and other information about your use of the application and your precise location, including your location when you are within our stores. You can control and change the mobile applications' use of your location through your device's operating system controls.
If you choose to connect your mobile device to the free in-store Wi-Fi available at Lowe's stores or facilities, we may collect information about your device, such as the type of device, its operating system, browser type, and applications that use the Wi-Fi connection. We may also collect information about how the Wi-Fi is used, including how long a device is connected, and the nature of the use (for instance, whether the device is browsing the Internet or using an app). We may also collect aggregate URL data and may block access to certain URLs.
Lowe's may also collect information from commercially available sources to whom you have given consent to share your personal information or who provide anonymous demographic information associated with a geographic area. The information Lowe's collects from its commercial sources may be used along with the information Lowe's collects from you when you visit a Lowe's website or in our stores. For example, Lowe's may compare the geographic information acquired from commercial sources with the IP address collected when you visit our website to derive a general geographic area in order to provide you with information or promotions relevant to your geographic area.
C. Lowe's Private Label Credit Products
In the event you apply for a Lowe's Consumer Card ("LCC"), Lowe's Project Card ("LPC"), Lowe's Business Account ("LBA"), or Lowe's Account Receivable Account ("LAR") (collectively "Lowe's Private Label Credit Products"), you are providing your information directly to Synchrony Financial Canada, who is the merchant that issues the Lowe's Private Label Credit Products in Canada. The personal information that may be required includes your name, current address, prior address (if applicable), telephone number(s), e-mail address, your monthly income, and other information necessary to confirm your identity and that of the other Authorized Users of your Lowe's Private Label Credit Products. This information may be used by Synchrony Financial Canada in determining whether to extend you credit and manage your credit account.
If you choose to manage any of your Lowe's Private Label Credit Products using Synchrony Financial Canada's Online Credit Center or if you choose to apply online, you will be providing your information directly to Synchrony Financial Canada. Lowe's does not access or use the information you provide in your application to Synchrony Financial Canada outside of what is required to service your account.
Please refer to Synchrony Financial Canada's Privacy Policies on how Synchrony Financial Canada may use your personal information and the personal information of your Authorized Users.
We may use the personal information we collect for a range of business purposes, including to:
We may transfer personal information to our affiliates from time to time to use on our behalf in accordance with this Privacy Statement. We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer personal information to unaffiliated third parties (companies outside the Lowe's family) without your consent, except as described below.
A. Service Providers and Business Partners
We may disclose your personal information to companies that provide services to us (such as providers of hosting, support, delivery, printing, e-mail, data enhancement, and repair services) or that help us market our products and services. These companies may need access to information about you in order to perform their functions. These companies are generally not authorized to use the information we disclose to them for any other purpose, without your consent.
With your consent we may disclose limited information about you to a third party who may also use the information for their own specific purpose. For instance, we may provide information on your behalf to a supplier in connection with warranty or product safety issues, or we may share limited information with a business partner who is jointly providing a product or service to you or is running a jointly branded promotion with us. We may also share limited information with the banks (currently Synchrony Financial Canada) that issue Lowe's Private Label Credit Products so that they may offer and service such accounts.
B. Legal, Enforcement, Security, and Investigation
We may disclose personal information about you (1) if we believe we are required to do so by law, regulation or legal process, such as a court order or subpoena; (2) as we deem appropriate or necessary in response to requests by government agencies, such as law enforcement or Police Services authorities, or tax authorities; (3) when we believe disclosure is appropriate or necessary to protect the rights, property, or safety of Lowe's, our customers, or others, including to prevent physical, financial or other harm, injury or loss, or to collect debt you owe; or (4) in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual unlawful activity.
C. Sale or Transfer of Business or Assets
We reserve the right to transfer personal information we have about you in the event we sell, finance, or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets (including, without limitation, in the event of a reorganization, dissolution, or liquidation). The use of such personal information, however, would still be restricted to that outlined in this Privacy Statement.
D. Aggregate or De-Identified Data
We may share or make public aggregate or de-identified data derived from personally identifiable information. Such information, however, will not identify you or any other individual.
Lowe's retains personal information for as long as it is necessary to process related transactions, maintain appropriate financial and audit records, protect Lowe's legitimate business interests, and for as long as may be required by applicable laws.
Lowes's maintains administrative, technical, and physical safeguards designed and intended to protect personal information against accidental, unlawful, or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use. Personal information collected by Lowe's, whether in electronic form or paper form, is protected by security measures appropriate to the sensitivity of the information. The personal information you provide Lowe's is stored on computer systems located in controlled facilities which have limited access. Lowe's requires that highly confidential information be transmitted through the use of secure methods.
Lowe's evaluates its equipment and security procedures regularly and modifies them as necessary. Despite these safeguards, due to inherent uncertainty in the use of the Internet and information systems and the potential for unlawful attacks by third parties, Lowe's cannot guarantee that the use of our systems, websites, or applications will be completely safe or secure.
Lowe's may process and store your personal information at a Lowe's facility or a facility of an affiliate of Lowe's in the United States of America, India, or any other country in which it maintains its facilities. In addition, some of Lowe's service providers, agents and suppliers are located outside of Canada. Information processed in such countries may be subject to access by law enforcement or other governmental agencies in those countries pursuant to lawful orders or legal process. While your personal information may be subject to the laws of those jurisdictions, Lowe's policies require that personal information processed or stored outside of Canada or used by service providers, agents and suppliers outside of Canada are always subject to protections comparable to those required under the applicable laws of Canada and will not be disclosed to third parties except with consent or as set out in this Privacy Statement. If you would like to obtain access to written information about Lowe’s policies and practices with respect to its service providers located outside of Canada or otherwise have any questions regarding these service providers, please contact Lowe's Privacy Officer at the Contact Us address below.
Please do not transmit personal information (such as credit card numbers) using your personal e-mail account. E-mail providers typically do not automatically encrypt outgoing messages. If you receive an e-mail or telemarketing call from someone claiming to represent Lowe's and asking for your personal information, DO NOT RESPOND. If Lowe's needs information from you on-line, Lowe's will provide you with a secure online form. If Lowe's needs information from you verbally, Lowe's will request the information only when you initiate the call to Lowe's or if you are speaking with a Lowe's employee in-person.
A. How Lowe's Obtains Your Consent
You provide your express consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information in accordance with this Privacy Statement when you voluntarily provide the requested information. You provide your implied consent to the use of the kinds of automatic data collection methods described in this Privacy Statement by your continued use of the Lowe's website or applications. You provide your implied consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information with respect to video surveillance by entering Lowe's stores or other facilities. You provide your implied consent to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information with respect to telephone calls with Lowe's by engaging in such calls. If Lowe's obtains information from third parties other than such public sources, Lowe's requires those third parties to confirm that they have your consent to disclose your personal information for use by Lowe's.
B. Withdrawal of Consent
You have the right to withdraw your consent to the further collection, use and disclosure of your personal information. If you request Lowe's to do so, Lowe's will take reasonable steps to destroy or delete active personal information that you have provided to us, but residual personal information may remain in archived records or other historical records. In addition, Lowe's is not permitted to destroy business or accounting records of transactions that it is required to keep to comply with statutory or other legal obligations, assert its legal rights, or comply with its obligations to the provider of the debit or credit card you used. However, Lowe's will not use your personal information for other commercial purposes once you withdraw your consent.
In some circumstances, the withdrawal of consent to certain uses or disclosures of personal information may mean that Lowe's is no longer able to provide certain products or services to you or Lowe's may be unable to perform certain transactions for you.
(1) Collection of Personal Information in Stores or Over the Telephone
You may withdraw your consent for Lowe's to use personal information collected from you during previous in-store or telephone transactions for purposes other than keeping a record of the transaction for accounting and audit purposes and to comply with Lowe's obligations to your debit or credit card provider. You may make a written request to Lowe's Privacy Officer at the How to Contact Us address below. When submitting a withdrawal of consent, you will be asked to provide suitable identification or to otherwise identify yourself.
(2) Collection of Personal Information Online
You may withdraw your consent to the use of your personal information for the purpose of sending you our newsletters and latest offers by e-mail by unsubscribing. Each e-mail will provide you with the opportunity to unsubscribe. In addition, you may unsubscribe at the website www.lowes.ca on the e-mail preference page. You will still receive transactional e-mails when you make a purchase online.
You may withdraw your consent to the continued use of your personal information collected during your online application for employment by deleting all information in your profile. You may also submit a request to Lowe's Privacy Officer to delete your online application account. Lowe's may be required to retain information about jobs you applied for in order to demonstrate compliance with relevant employment and human rights legislation.
If you have any questions about the withdrawal of consent to online collection or use of personal information, you may submit a written request to Lowe's Privacy Officer at the How to Contact Us address below. When submitting a request, you will be asked to provide suitable identification or to otherwise identify yourself.
(3) Lowe's Private Label Credit Products
You and your authorized buyers may request that Lowe's discontinue using personal information collected from you during previous account transactions for purposes other than keeping a record of the transaction for accounting and audit purposes and to comply with our obligations to you under the Lowe's Private Label Credit Products. You may submit a written request to Lowe's Privacy Officer at the How to Contact Us address below. When submitting a request, you will be asked to provide suitable identification or to otherwise identify yourself.
C. Individual Access to and Correction of Personal Information
Lowe's strives to keep accurate information by using technology and management processes and policies. Upon receipt of a written request Lowe's will provide individuals with reasonable access to the personal information they provided to Lowe's as well as the ability to correct the information, if necessary. To protect your privacy and security, Lowe's will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before releasing any information to the requesting party and before any corrections will be made. Lowe's reserves the right to request appropriate proof of the requested corrections.
If you have chosen to become a registered user on Lowes.ca and would like to view, change, update or delete any of your registration information, log in and click Your Account at the top of the screen. You will be taken to a page where you can access your information so that you can edit it.
To obtain access to the personal information you've provided to Lowe's, you may submit a written request to Lowe's Privacy Officer at the How to Contact Us address below.
A. Do Not Track
We do not collect personally identifiable information about users' online activities over time and across third-party websites and we do not process or respond to "Do Not Track" signals from your browser or other mechanisms that enable consumer choice regarding the collection of personal information about one's online activities over time and across third-party websites or online services.
As described in the Interest-Based Advertising section below, however, we do participate in online advertising networks administered by third parties, and we may share information about activities on our websites with those networks, which may track your online activities over time and across third-party websites.
B. Interest-Based Advertising
Lowe's may collect data about your activities on our websites for use in providing advertising tailored to your individual interests, and we may share information about activities on our websites with advertising networks administered by third parties. These ad networks track your online activities over time and across websites by collecting information through automated means, and they use this information to show you advertisements that are tailored to your individual interests. The information they collect includes information about your visits to our websites, such as the pages you have viewed. This collection and ad targeting takes place both on our websites and on third-party websites that participate in the ad network, such as sites that feature advertisements delivered by the ad network. As a result, you may see certain ads on other websites based on prior activity on our websites, and vice versa
The Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada (DAAC) has created guidance for online advertisers and provided a mechanism for such advertisers to comply with users' choices regarding interest-based ads. To learn more about ad networks, including how to opt out of interest-based ads, click here.
Lowe's websites and applications may include social media features (for example, a Facebook "Like" button). These features are connected to third-parties and may allow such third parties to collect certain information, such as your IP address and which pages you visit on our websites. These social media features are not operated by Lowe's. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policies of the company providing the features.
Generally, Lowe's does not knowingly collect personal information from persons under the age of 18. Nor does Lowe's target its websites to children under 13. Lowe's encourages parents and guardians to take an active role in their children's online activities and interests. If Lowe's determines that personal information has been provided by a person under the age of 18, Lowe's will delete that information as soon as practical unless such deletion is inappropriate given the context (for example, employment applications, loss prevention, fraud and other investigative purposes). If you become aware that such personal information has been provided by a person under the age of 18, please submit a written request to Lowe's Privacy Officer at the How to Contact Us address below so the information can be deleted.
F. Changes to this Privacy Statement
If Lowe's changes this Privacy Statement, Lowe's will post the revised statement in its entirety on www.lowes.ca and other applicable websites with an updated revision date. If Lowe's makes significant changes to the way it collects or uses personal information, Lowe's may also notify you by other means such as sending an e-mail or posting a notice on the home page or in the Lowe's stores.
G. How to Contact Us
Lowe's values your opinions. If you have a privacy inquiry, compliment or complaint, you may contact the Store Manager of the store you visited. You may also direct your inquiry, compliment or complaint to Lowe's Privacy Officer at email@example.com or by submitting a written request to:
Lowe's Companies Canada, ULC
Attn: Lowe's Privacy Officer
5160 Yonge St.
Suite 200, Box 25
North York, Ontario