Talbots Privacy Policy - Your Privacy Rights

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Revised: February 27, 2009. This Privacy Policy is effective as of February 27, 2009.

This Privacy Policy applies to personal information that may be collected by The Talbots, Inc. ("Talbots", "we", "us"). Talbots values your trust and respects your privacy. We are committed to responsibly protecting your personal information and only using your personal information in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy.

By doing business with or interacting with Talbots in the manner described in this Privacy Policy at any time after the Effective Date, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy and you expressly consent to the application of this Privacy Policy to the collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as described.

Table of Contents Who Do I Contact With Questions Or Concerns?

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact us. Talbots' postal address is: Talbots, One Talbots Drive, Hingham, MA 02043. You can contact us by telephone at 1-800-TALBOTS (1-800-825-2687), FAX 1-800-438-9443, or by email at customer.service@talbots.com. Canadian customers should direct their inquiries to the Canadian Privacy Officer, who can be contacted at the address and phone number listed above or by email at privacy.officer@talbots.com.

What Personal Information Does Talbots Collect?

Personal information is information that can be used to identify, contact or locate you. Such information may include your:
  • Name
  • Postal or shipping address
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • Payment information (like credit or debit card number and billing address)
  • Birthday and addresses listed in your myTalbots account address book
Why Does Talbots Collect Personal Information?

We collect your personal information in an effort to provide you with an enhanced customer experience and as may be necessary to administer our business. It allows us to provide you with easy access to our products and services, with a focus on the items that may be of particular interest to you. You personal information also allows us to communicate with you about special offers, promotions and other marketing programs that may be of interest to you.

How Does Talbots Collect Personal Information?

Information You Provide

As a general matter, you may browse in our stores and on our websites without submitting personal information to Talbots. However, in order to provide the services and products you request we ask for certain personal information when you shop with Talbots through any shopping channel (online, in stores or by telephone) or when you register for an online account.

We may also collect personal information from online accounts, surveys, blogs, reviews, contests, loyalty programs, wish lists, emails you send us or when you request a catalog or sign up for marketing e-mails. We may maintain a record of products you are interested in and purchases you have made in our stores, by phone or online.

Additionally, when you contact customer service, we may ask you to provide or confirm personal information so that we can better serve you.

Information Automatically Collected -
There are circumstances in which we automatically receive and collect personal information from you. The most common of these circumstances include:
  • Cookies
  • Pixel tags
  • Occasionally from joint marketing partners, unrelated third parties and from our affiliated brands
Cookies -
Like many online retailers, Talbots uses 'cookies', small data files stored on your computer's web browser, or other passive means of data collection. Cookies are used to personalize your visit, remember your preferences, help place your order or to enhance your shopping experience and online browsing. You can adjust your web browser to accept or reject cookies.

Pixel tags -
We use 'pixel tags' (small graphic images also called web beacons or clear gifs) or similar technologies to monitor the effectiveness of our web site and our marketing and advertising campaigns. We track information in the aggregate about your visit like the web pages you view, the links you click on, and the time you spend on a page. We use this information to track the effectiveness of our advertising and marketing campaigns. We also track our e-mail campaigns in the aggregate to determine whether recipients opened the e-mail and what links they clicked on.

Outside sources -
We may periodically collect personal information about you from joint marketing partners, unrelated third parties and from our affiliated brands.

Also, to improve our marketing and the content of our website we collect aggregate, non-personal data like Internet Service Provider's domain name, the referring URL and the web pages and information you access on our site. We use this information to analyze visitors' behavior in the aggregate to improve our web site and your shopping experience. This information does not include personal information.

How Does Talbots Use The Personal Information That It Collects?

Talbots uses your personal information to provide you with a superior customer experience at our stores and on our websites and to administer our business. For example, the personal information we collect may be used to:
  • Fulfill your order and communicate with you about it;
  • Contact you about products, services, events, promotions or contests we think you may be interested in, except where prohibited by law;
  • Enhance your shopping experience, improve the content and navigation of our website, and customize content, layout or offers; and
  • Protect the security of our website and to analyze trends and statistics.
Information collected from visitors outside the United States -
If you are visiting Talbots from outside the United States and provide us with personal information, please note that your personal information may be transferred, stored and processed within the United States. The data protection laws in the United States may not be as comprehensive as those in your country.

By doing business or interacting with Talbots, you are consenting to the transfer of your personal information to facilities located in the United States and other facility locations selected by Talbots, and understand that such information will be stored and processed in accordance with U.S. law.

Does Talbots Share My Personal Information?

Protecting the privacy and security of your personal information is important to Talbots. When appropriate, Talbots shares personal information among our family of companies (including our other affiliates) to help provide you with better service and information about our products and services that we believe would be of interest to you, except where prohibited by law.

We share select information with the service providers we use to help manage our business for things like:
  • Order processing
  • Payment processing
  • Fulfilling orders
  • Market research
  • Fulfilling promotions and managing contests
  • Name and address verification
  • Customer information
  • E-mail management
  • Print and letter shops
  • Service bureaus
  • To host our website, data storage or ad servers
These service providers only have access to the personal information they need to perform their services, and do not have the right to use personal information in ways not authorized by Talbots. They are prohibited from using this personal information for their own marketing purposes and are not allowed to share this personal information with anyone other than Talbots.

From time to time we may share your personal information with carefully screened marketing partner companies whose products or services we feel you might be interested in, except where prohibited by law. We may also share your name, address and purchasing behavior with cooperative databases that we may participate in or with our list rental fulfillment vendors, except where prohibited by law.

If you prefer not to have your personal information shared with these organizations please contact us by telephone at 1-800-TALBOTS (1-800-825-2687), FAX 1-800-438-9443, or by email at customer.service@talbots.com. Or you may write us at Talbots, One Talbots Drive, Hingham, MA 02043. Canadian customers should direct such requests to the Canadian Privacy Officer, who can be contacted at the address and phone number listed above or by email at privacy.officer@talbots.com.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we determine, in our judgment, that it is necessary to (a) comply with the law, regulation, legal process or enforceable government request; (b) enforce the terms of any of our polices; or (c) protect the rights, property or safety of Talbots, its employees or customers. This may include assistance in fraud protection or investigation.

We could also disclose or transfer your personal information to a successor entity in the event of a corporate merger, consolidation, sale of assets or other corporate changes respecting Talbots or our affiliated companies.

How Does Talbots Secure My Personal Information?

Talbots takes substantial and appropriate security measures to help to safeguard your personal information and to prevent unauthorized access and disclosure.

Talbots has taken measures to ensure that shopping with us is a safe and enjoyable experience for our valued customers. We have a variety of current technologies, managerial safeguards, protocols and processes in place to protect the security and privacy of your personal information. Talbots.com uses Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layering (EVSSL) to encrypt your personal information including credit card information before it travels over the internet. EVSSL, issued by VeriSign® is the highest degree of authentication available and is only issued to qualified organizations and domains. If you are using a newer web browser (like Internet Explorer 7.0), you will see the browser bar turn green when accessing website pages secured by EVSSL. When you see the VeriSign® logo, click on it and you can validate that the website you are on is a Talbots website and verify our certificate is active.

We further protect your credit card number by only displaying the last 4 digits on the Order Confirmation page. In the unlikely event of credit card fraud at Talbots.com, the first $50.00 of your order will be covered. In most cases, credit card holders are not responsible for any charge beyond that amount, and we will work with your credit card company to resolve this issue.

We want you to feel confident whenever you visit us in our stores, on our website or otherwise. While we are focused on the security of your personal information and follow strict standards designed to protect such information, we cannot promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information will remain secure in all circumstances.

How Can I Review, Update And Correct My Personal Information?

You may view, update and correct your personal information by accessing your myTalbots account, entering your email address and password and making the changes there. You may also cancel your myTalbots account. To request changes to your personal information, please contact us by telephone at 1-800-825-2687, FAX 1-800-438-9443, or by email at customer.service@talbots.com. Or you may write us at Talbots, One Talbots Drive, Hingham, MA 02043. It may take up to 10 business days for your requested changes to take place.

Canadian customers -
Canadian customers can also request access to their personal information stored by Talbots by contacting us and we will inform you about what type of personal information we have on record or in our control, how it is used and to whom it may have been disclosed, provide you with access to your personal information so you can review and verify the accuracy and completeness and request changes to the personal information and make any necessary updates to your personal information. There are instances where applicable laws or regulatory requirements allow or require us to refuse to provide some or all of the personal information that we hold about you. In addition, the personal information may have been destroyed, erased or made anonymous in accordance with our record retention obligations and practices. If we do not provide you with access to your personal information, we will endeavor to inform you of the reasons why, subject to any legal or regulatory restrictions.

Canadian customers should direct their inquiries to the Canadian Privacy Officer, who can be contacted at the address and phone number listed above or by email at privacy.officer@talbots.com.

How Does Talbots Respect My Choices About My Personal Information?

By providing personal information to Talbots, including through Talbots.com, you acknowledge and agree that you fully understand and unambiguously consent to the collection, use, retention and disclosure of such personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. At Talbots, we respect your privacy and will honor your choice to opt out of marketing communications or the sharing of personal information with our partners.

If you wish to be removed from our marketing emails, calling or postal mailing lists please contact us by telephone at 1-800-TALBOTS (1-800-825-2687), FAX 1-800-438-9443, or by e-mail at customer.service@talbots.com or you may write to us at Talbots, One Talbots Drive, Hingham, MA 02043. Canadian customers should direct their inquiries to the Canadian Privacy Officer, who can be contacted at the address and phone number listed above or by email at privacy.officer@talbots.com. In addition you may remove yourself from our marketing e-mail list by clicking here, or on the unsubscribe link that is at the bottom of each marketing email. Please include your name and mailing address in any correspondence.

For e-mail list removal, it may take up to 10 business days to process your request.

For calling list removal, it may take up to 30 days to process your request.

For postal mailing list removal, it may take up to 6-8 weeks to process your request as our customer personal information is collected in advance due to printing schedules.

Please note that even if you opt out of receiving marketing communications, you may continue to receive e-mails, mailings or calls relating to order confirmations and/or other transaction-related communications.

Links to Other, Third Party Web Sites

Occasionally we may provide links on our website to third party sites we think you may be interested in. These sites are independent from Talbots and have their own separate privacy policies. Whenever you click on links on Talbots' website that take you to a third party website, you will be subject to the third party's privacy policies, and not Talbots'. We recommend that you review their privacy polices before you visit these sites.

Children's Privacy

Talbots' website is not intended for use by children under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect or solicit any personal information from children under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for an online account. Should we learn that someone under the age of 13 has provided any personal information to or on Talbots' website, we will remove that information as soon as possible.

California Privacy Rights

Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, Talbots' customers living in the State of California can request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Please contact us by telephone at 1-800-TALBOTS (1-800-825-2687), FAX 1-800-438-9443, or by email at customer.service@talbots.com or you may write to us at Talbots, One Talbots Drive, Hingham, MA 02043.

Contact Information

Talbots is a member of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and complies with its standards for use of your personal information in a manner that respects your wishes. Upon request we offer registered visitors the ability to correct inaccuracies in their contact information. Please contact us by telephone at 1-800-TALBOTS (1-800-825-2687), FAX 1-800-438-9443, or by email at customer.service@talbots.com. Or you may write us at Talbots, One Talbots Drive, Hingham, MA 02043. Canadian customers should direct their inquiries to the Canadian Privacy Officer, who can be contacted at the address and phone number listed above or by email at privacy.officer@talbots.com.

Changes To Talbots' Privacy Policy

Talbots reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. Changes will be posted on our website. We encourage you to check Talbots' Privacy Policy when you visit our website.
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