Ross Stores, Inc. ("Ross", “dd’s”, "we", "us") is concerned
about online privacy issues and wants you to be familiar with how we collect, use
and disclose your Personally Identifiable Information (as defined below). This Privacy
Policy (the "Policy") describes our practices in connection with Personally
Identifiable Information that we collect through our web site located at http://www.ddsdiscounts.com
(the "Site"). This Policy does not address our practices regarding information
that we collect through any web site, or by any other means, other than through
the Site; nor does this Policy govern the collection, use or disclosure of information
by any of our affiliates (collectively, "Affiliated Entities") or by third
By using the Site, you agree to the terms and conditions of this Policy. If you
do not agree to the terms and conditions of this Policy, please do not use the Site.
We reserve the right to change this Policy without prior notice. You can determine
when this Policy was last revised by referring to the "LAST UPDATED" legend at the
top of this page. Any changes to our Policy will become effective upon our posting
of the revised Policy on the Site. Use of the Site following such changes constitutes
your acceptance of the revised Policy then in effect.
Note Regarding the Use of the Site by Children: The Site is not directed to individuals
under the age of fourteen (14), and we request that such individuals do not provide
Personally Identifiable Information through the Site.
What Types of Information Does dd’s Collect From Me?
dd’s gathers two basic types of information through the Site: "Personally Identifiable
Information" (or "PII") and "Non-Personally Identifiable Information" (or
Personally Identifiable Information is information that identifies you as an individual.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information is aggregated information, demographic information,
IP addresses and any other information that does not reveal your specific identity.
Personally Identifiable Information. You do not have to provide PII to use the Site.
However, in order for you to take advantage of particular opportunities provided
through the Site (for example, to register for email, to submit a job application
or ask a question), we may require that you furnish PII. We collect PII from you
through the Site, such as your name, postal address, telephone number or e-mail
address, only when you voluntarily provide it to us.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information. When you visit and interact with the Site,
dd’s and its third-party service providers may collect Non-PII (for example, a catalog
of the Site pages you visit). Non-PII is generally collected through the Site from
five different sources: (i) server log files, (ii) environmental variables, (iii)
cookies, (iv) pixel tags and other similar technologies, and (v) information that
you voluntarily provide to us.
Server Log Files. Your Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is automatically
assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
This number is identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever
you visit the Site, along with the time(s) of your visit(s) and the page(s) that
you visited. We and our service providers use IP addresses for purposes such as
calculating Site usage levels, helping diagnose problems with the Site's servers,
and administering the Site. Collecting IP addresses is standard practice on the
Internet and is done automatically by many web sites.
Environmental Variables. We and our service providers may also collect certain environmental
variables, such as your computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution,
OS version, Internet browser, and Internet browser version. These environmental
variables are collected by most browsers, and can be used to optimize your experience
on the Site.
Cookies. We and our service providers may use “cookies” in connection with the Site.
Cookies are data that a web server transfers to an individual's computer for recordkeeping
and other purposes. Cookies are an industry standard used by most web sites, and
can facilitate users' ongoing access to and use of a particular web site; cookies
do not cause damage to your computer systems or files. If you do not want information
that allows you to automatically decline cookies, or to be given the choice of declining
or accepting the transfer of a particular cookie, or cookies from a particular web
site, to your computer.
Pixel Tags. We and our service providers may also use so-called "pixel tags," "web
beacons," "clear GIFs," or similar means in connection with Site pages and HTML-formatted
e-mail messages to, among other things, track the actions of Site users and e-mail
recipients, to determine the success of marketing campaigns and to compile aggregate
statistics about Site usage and response rates.
Information That You Voluntarily Provide. dd’s also collects Non-PII (e.g., your
interests, your geographic location, etc.) when you voluntarily provide such information
to us. Such information constitutes Non-PII because, unless combined with PII, it
does not personally identify you or any other user. Additionally, we may aggregate
PII in a manner such that the end-product does not personally identify you or any
other user of the Site, for example, by using PII to calculate the percentage of
our users who have a particular telephone area code. Such aggregate information
is considered Non-PII for purposes of this Policy.
How Does dd’s Use Information Collected From Me?
Personally Identifiable Information. We may use PII about you in the following ways:
Fulfillment of Requests. dd’s may use PII about you to fulfill the purpose for which
such PII was provided (e.g., to send newsletters to you or respond to your inquiries).
Administrative Communications. From time to time, in our sole discretion, we may
use PII about you to send to you important information regarding the Site, changes
to our terms, conditions, and policies or other administrative information. Because
this information may be important to your use of the Site, you may not opt-out of
receiving such communications.
Other Communications. From time to time, we may use PII about you to inform you
of products, programs, services and promotions that we believe may be of interest
to you. If you would prefer that we do not send electronic marketing messages to
you, please see the "Opt-Out" section below.
Promotions. We may operate sweepstakes, contests and similar promotions (collectively,
"Promotions") through the Site. We typically ask you for certain PII when you enter
and, if applicable, win a Promotion. You should carefully review the rules, if any,
of each Promotion in which you participate through the Site, as they may contain
additional important information about dd’s' use of PII about you. To the extent
that the terms and conditions of such rules concerning the treatment of PII about
you conflict with this Policy, the terms and conditions of such rules shall control.
Internal Business Purposes. We may also use PII about you for our internal business
purposes, such as data analysis, audits and so forth.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information. Because Non-PII does not personally identify
you, we may use such information for any purpose. In addition, we reserve the right
to share such Non PII, which does not personally identify you, with Affiliated Entities
and other third parties, for any purpose.
In some instances, we may combine Non-PII with PII (such as combining your name
with your geographic location). If we do combine any Non-PII with PII, the combined
information will be treated by us as PII hereunder as long as it is so combined.
How Is Personally Identifiable Information Disclosed? Please note, we do not sell
or rent PII about our online customers to third parties.
Third Party Service Providers. We work with third parties who provide services including
but not limited to data analysis, web hosting, managing our mailing lists, order
fulfillment and other administrative purposes. We reserve the right to share PII
about you with such third parties for the purpose of enabling these third parties
to provide such services.
Promotions. We reserve the right to share the PII you provide in connection with
Promotions with third parties sponsors of such Promotions (irrespective of whether
such Promotions are hosted by us), or otherwise in accordance with the rules applicable
to such Promotion. You should carefully review the rules, if any, of each Promotion
in which you participate through the Site, as they may contain additional important
information about a sponsor's or other third parties’ use of PII about you. To the
extent that the terms and conditions of such rules concerning the treatment of PII
about you conflict with this Policy, the terms and conditions of such rules shall
Assignment. We reserve the right to transfer any and all information that we collect
from Site users to an Affiliated Entity or a third party in the event of any reorganization,
merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or
any portion of dd’s' business, assets or stock (including without limitation in
connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).
Law enforcement; emergencies; compliance. We reserve the right to disclose PII about
you to others (a) as required or permitted under applicable law; (b) to comply with
legal process; (c) to respond to governmental requests; (d) to enforce our Terms
of Service; (e) to protect our operations or those of any Affiliated Entities; (f)
to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of dd’s, the Affiliated Entities,
you or others; and (g) to permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages
that we may sustain.
Other Important Notices Regarding Our Privacy Practices.
Third-Party Sites. The Site may contain links to third-party web sites. These linked
sites are not under the control of dd’s and we are not responsible for the privacy
practices or the contents of any such linked site, or any link contained in any
linked site. We provide such links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a
link on the Site does not imply endorsement of the linked site by dd’s or any Affiliated
Entities. If you provide any PII through any such third-party web site, your transaction
will occur on such third party's web site (not the Site) and the PII you provide
We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the privacy policies and practices
of any such third parties. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POLICY DOES NOT ADDRESS THE PRIVACY
OR INFORMATION PRACTICES OF ANY THIRD PARTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE
Security. We seek to have security measures and tools, such as firewalls, in place
to help protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under
our control. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or data storage
system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, although we strive to protect
PII about you, we cannot ensure the security of any information you transmit to
us through or in connection with the Site or that is stored by us. If you have reason
to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you
feel that the security of any account you might have with us has been compromised),
you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with
Section 4.f ("Contacting Us") below (note that if you choose to notify us via physical
mail, this will delay the time it takes for us to respond to the problem). dd’s
will never ask for PII in an unsolicited phone call or e-mail.
Opt-Out. If you do not wish to receive marketing-related e-mails from us, you may
opt-out of receiving such correspondence at any time. Users can unsubscribe by simply
visiting the registration section of the Site and clicking the unsubscribe button.
We will endeavor to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.
Please note that if you opt-out as described above, we will not be able to remove
PII about you from the databases of affiliates with which we have already shared
PII about you (i.e., to which we have already provided PII about you as of the date
that we implement your opt-out request). If you wish to cease receiving marketing-related
e-mails from such affiliates, please contact such affiliates or third parties directly
or utilize any opt-out mechanisms set forth in their respective privacy policies
or marketing-related e-mails.
Changing PII about You. If you would like to review, correct, or update PII that
you have previously provided to us through the Site, you may do so by visiting the
registration section of the site, clicking the unsubscribe button, then re-subscribing
with your updated information.
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes,
and there may also be residual information that will remain within our databases
and other records, which will not be removed therefrom. We also reserve the right,
from time to time, to re-contact former users of the Site.
Jurisdictional Issues. The Site is controlled and operated by dd’s from the United
States, and is not intended to subject dd’s or any Affiliated Entity to the laws
or jurisdiction of any state, country or territory other than that of the United
States. dd’s does not represent or warrant that the Site, or any part thereof, is
appropriate or available for use in any particular jurisdiction. Those who choose
to access the Site do so on their own initiative and at their own risk, and are
responsible for complying with all local laws, rules and regulations. We may limit
the Site's availability, in whole or in part, to any person, geographic area or
jurisdiction we choose, at any time and in our sole discretion.
Contacting Us. If you have any questions regarding this Policy, please contact us
by e-mail at email@example.com. Please note that e-mail communications will
not necessarily be secure; accordingly you should not include credit card information
or other sensitive information in your e-mail correspondence with us.