Costco is a membership-only warehouse club that sells groceries, electronics, home improvement items and more at low prices. The company was founded in 1983 in Seattle and now has over 700 stores worldwide.
- Your name
- Email address
- Phone number
- Credit card number
- Birth date
How Does Costco Protect The Data It Collects On Its Customers?
Here are some of the ways that Costco protects your data:
Data encryption: All data stored in our systems is encrypted using industry standard algorithms (AES 256/SHA2). This protects your information from unauthorized access by third parties who may attempt to intercept or monitor it as it travels over the Internet or other networks.
Encrypted cloud storage: We use multiple cloud providers for hosting our services and storing our customer information. All data is encrypted when stored in these systems and decrypted only when needed for processing.
The Costco Entities will not share your personal information with third parties for their own marketing or other purposes without first obtaining your consent.
The Costco Entities reserve the right to disclose your personal information:
- To comply with any legal process, such as a subpoena;
- At the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation;
- If we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect against fraud or security risk;
- In connection with an actual or potential sale or transfer of all or part of our business or assets; and/or
What Data Does Costco Collect? What Information About To Collect?
Costco collects a lot of data on its customers’ purchases, which it uses to understand customer buying habits and preferences. The retailer also tracks non-purchase behaviors, including how much time customers spend browsing or shopping in store or online, when they visit the store or website and which locations they visit most frequently.
Costco has an online shopping portal where you can purchase products directly from the company. This data collected can be used to optimize your shopping experience by providing recommendations based on your previous purchases or browsing history.
Your name, address, email address and phone number.
Information about your visit, including products purchased and any customer service inquiries.
We use your personal data to enable you to shop at Costco stores, enter into a contract with Costco or purchase products online, to manage our relationship with you, to fulfill orders and offers made by us (such as special pricing or discounts), improve our services, respond to customer requests for information about products or services offered by us or third parties, administer surveys and promotions or otherwise provide customer service.
We will not share your personal information with third parties.
We will not sell your information to any other company.
We will not use your information for marketing purposes unless you choose to opt-in.
We want our members to be informed about us and our activities. We also want to protect your personal information from unauthorized access and disclosure.
You can find more information about our practices in other areas that are important to you by visiting our privacy center at costcocares.com/privacy or by contacting us at 1-800-774-2678 (U.S.) or 1-800-927-7777 (Canada).