Introduction

This Privacy Statement describes how QVC UK ("QVC") collects personal information about you; how we safeguard the personal information we collect; how we use and share such personal information; and how you can contact us regarding our privacy practices.

The "Services" are QVC's websites and applications that QVC makes available for your use, as well as the other means that you may use to interact with QVC online, in-person, and through third party locations. "Services" includes: 

  • QVC's websites and applications, regardless of medium or how you access them, including contests;  
  • your interactions with QVC in other locations, such as third party websites and platforms, including social media websites, forums, and platforms;
  • your interactions with QVC's other operations, including call centres, physical retail locations or events, in-person visits to QVC's offices and facilities.    

Privacy Statement

Controller    

The Data Controller is QVC UK, Building 8, Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5XU, United Kingdom, an unlimited liability company incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company registration number 2807164.

QVC is part of a group of companies under Qurate Retail, Inc., and other companies in this group include QVC, Inc., with an address of 1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380; HSN, Inc., with an address of 1 HSN Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida 33729; and Qurate Retail, Inc., with an address at 12300 Liberty Boulevard, Englewood, Colorado 80112, USA. In the course of QVC's operations, these other companies may be controllers of personal data.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. provides content delivery, media acceleration, web performance and Internet security analytics and services and in providing such services may process personal data in the form of IP addresses and website activity and measurement data associated with your use of the website (log data).  Akamai acts as a controller with respect to these log data processing activities. Information regarding Akamai Technologies, Inc., including contact information for its data protection officer is available at www.akamai.com/compliance/privacy.

 

Data protection officer

If you have questions about this Privacy Statement or your rights, you may contact the legal counsel of QVC by email at DPOUK@qvc.com and by mail at QVC, Building 8, Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5XU. The data protection officer for QVC is Jeffrey God, who can be reached by email at DPOUK@qvc.com  and by mail at QVC, Attention: Jeffrey God, 1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380.

 

What personal information does QVC collect?

Personal Information You Provide. QVC collects and stores personal information that you give to us when you use the Services.

  • Contact information: such as names, addresses, emails, user logins, and phone numbers
  • Financial information: such as your credit card or bank information for purchases, or other information when applying for Easy Pay or using other payment options
  • Order information: details surrounding purchases
  • Communication information: such as when you have contacted us, or we have contacted you; content information of your emails or chats with QVC or recordings of your phone calls with QVC
  • Forum / Review information: such as your reviews of products on QVC websites or applications; images or feedback you may provide on QVC user forums
  • Preferences: such as email offers preferences, personalised/interest-based advertising preferences, and preferences to be contact for market research
  • Security – CCTV images
  • Images and Videos
  • Birthday

If you do not want to provide to us personal data that we need to fulfill a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract, then the consequences may be that you are unable to make purchases from QVC or to use QVC's services or websites.

 

Personal Information Collected Automatically. In addition to information that you provide to us, we collect other information using automated means such as cookies, web beacons, embedded scripts, and other kinds of technology.

  • Browsing and use information: such as pages, links, videos, products, and content viewed, applications used or viewed, and metrics surrounding those views including time, length of visit, the locations viewed before and after
  • Device and technical information: such as the internet protocol (IP) addresses of computers or devices you use, device identifiers, browser characteristics, operating system details, language preferences, referring uniform resource locaters (URLs), services used, telecommunications data (source, metrics, logs), log files, audit trails, or cookie IDs
  • Demographic or interest information (some portions aggregated to postal code): such as age, product category interests, location, income, family status, birthday, gender, fiscal code

Personal Information Obtained from Third Parties. We also obtain information about you from other sources and combine that with information we collect about you through the Services. We are only able to correct information we hold, not that held by the third party providers.

  • Personal data may be created through social media platforms – like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other public platforms. If messages are posted about QVC on social media platforms, we may collect data related to that message, including the message’s content, the social media “handle” of the person making the message, the time and date of the message, responses, “likes”, and other kinds of information related to the message. Also, we may collect and use personal data that you choose to provide to QVC if you decide to communicate with QVC through social media platforms or if you decide to give us access to your personal data from these social media platforms.
  • Publicly available information: This information may include, for example, number of household members, household income range, or postal code. Such information may be associated with personal information you provide, such as your name, email address, physical address, or phone number.
  • Information that we obtain from third parties: Information obtained will be added to our existing information about customers and people who use our Services to better understand their interests and to provide more relevant content and advertising. 

Why does QVC need my personal information?

We use the personal information we collect about you for the purposes, and with their corresponding legal basis, in the table below. These legal bases are described in the context of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a general law of the European Union becoming effective as of 25 May 2018. The GDPR applies both to the online and the offline processing of personal data. On the contrary, the ePrivacy Directive is a separate law that addresses the uses of personal data specifically in the online environment. Although we are required to be compliant with the GDPR’s general legal framework, we also rely on consent under the ePrivacy Directive to the extent we are required to do so, and when we refer to "ePrivacy Consent" below, it is on this basis but without prejudice to the performance of some of our data processing activities on the basis of our legitimate interest, where possible.

Provide services and features you request, including to create and manage your account

Legal basis: To take steps prior to and to perform the contract

Data types: Contact information, preferences, financial information, communication information

 

Process, fulfill, and ship orders and contact you as needed for these orders

Legal basis: To take steps prior to and to perform the contract

Data types: Contact information, order information, financial information

 

Respond to requests, comments, or questions, and to provide customer support, including QVC managed social interactions and chat

Legal basis: To respond to a request coming directly from the interested data subject

Data types: Contact information, communication information, preferences, order information, forum / review, financial information

 

Call recording and monitoring

Legal basis: Legitimate interest - customer experience, quality control, and communications

Data types: Contact information, communication information

 

Enable and improve website functionality

Legal basis: Legitimate interest - better customer experience

Data types: Contact information, preferences, device and technical information, browsing and use information

 

Personalise and improve your experience using the Services; Target marketing efforts to appropriate audiences, including use of retargeting ads across other websites, devices, and platforms

Legal basis: Legitimate interest (relevant advertising, better customer experience, efficiency). ePrivacy consent

Data types: Contact information, order information, browsing and use information, device and technical information, preferences, demographic or interest information

 

Monitor and analyse trends, usage, and activities of users of the Services, customise, and improve the Services' content, products, and services

Legal basis: Legitimate interest - better customer experience, efficiency, providing tailored product offering

Data types: Contact information, order information, device and technical information, browsing and use information, demographic or interest information

 

Send you marketing materials and offers for products and services that we think may interest you

Legal basis: ePrivacy and GDPR consent, without prejudice to legitimate interest where possible.

Data types: Contact information, preferences, order information, browsing and use information, demographic or interest information

 

Contact you regarding your use of the Services, your transactions

Legal basis: Legitimate interest - improving transparency and awareness

Data types: Contact information, order information

 

Contact you in our discretion regarding changes to our policies

Legal basis: Compliance with legal obligation

Data types: Contact information, order information

 

Evaluation for payment options

Legal basis: To take steps prior to and to perform the contract

Data types: Contact information, order information, financial information

 

Prevent fraud or other misuse

Legal basis: Legitimate interest - protect customer and business information, payment defaults and financial damage

Data types: Contact information, order information, financial information, device and technical information, browsing and use information

 

Conduct research and analysis, including focus groups and surveys

Legal basis: Legitimate interest (relevant advertising, better customer experience, efficiency). ePrivacy Consent

Data types: Contact information, order information, browsing and use information, device and technical information, preferences, demographic or interest information

 

Enforce our policies, comply with legal obligations

Legal basis: Compliance with legal obligation

Data types: Especially, contact information, order information, financial information, device and technical information, browsing and use information; potentially all data types

 

Adhere to industry standards, and otherwise manage our business

Legal basis: Legitimate interest - comply with the law, standards, and Terms and Conditions

Data types: Especially, contact information, order information, financial information, device and technical information, browsing and use information; potentially all data types

 

Maintain user forums and product review capabilities

Legal basis: Legitimate interest - better customer experience

Data types: Contact information, forum/review information, order information

Customer segmentation

To give you the best possible customer experience, we need to get a good picture of who you are.  To help us to do that, we run a customer segmentation programme, using a third party service provider who allocates customers to certain categories or segments based on, for example, their age, address, gender and order data (i.e., what they have purchased).  Our service provider then enriches that information with so-called lifestyle data.  These are just statistics-based assumptions, for example on your probable life situation (eg single household), your shopping habits, your media usage (eg "online", "TV", "magazines", "social networks") and your location.  Based on the overall information, we assign you to a specific customer segment, and we then delete the lifestyle data.  The segment you are in becomes part of your customer record.  This allows us to offer you promotions, products and services that are most likely to interest you. Customer segmentation and data processing are done under a legitimate interest basis meant to enrich your experience so that you only receive advertising that is tailored to your individual needs, while serving QVC’s interest in engaging its customers.    

 

Who can see my personal information?

We grant individuals who help QVC provide the Services access to your personal information, as necessary to perform the tasks required.  These people may work for third party service providers.  These third party service providers are required to agree to safeguard your personal information appropriately and according to law. QVC may also share your personal information with certain "Affiliates" in their capacity as the direct and indirect owners of QVC. These owners include Qurate Retail, Inc. and its direct and indirect owners. QVC may also share your personal information with certain other Affiliates as necessary to perform the tasks required, and these Affiliates include QVC, Inc., HSN, Inc., zulily llc, and the other companies that are directly or indirectly owned by Qurate Retail, Inc.

We also share personal information about you with others for additional purposes, including:

  • As required or permitted by applicable law, for compliance with a legal obligation; establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims, or if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary;
  • At the request of government authorities conducting an investigation;
  • With our third party service providers for order fulfillment, shipping, processing payments, customer serivce, Easy Pay review, account servicing, customer research, marketing, provision of information technology services, and records maintenance;
  • If we believe there has been a violation of our terms or policies, or to protect anyone’s rights, property, life, health, security, or safety;
  • In connection with any proposed or actual merger, purchase, sale (including a liquidation, realization, foreclosure, or repossession), lease, amalgamation, or any other type of acquisition of all or any portion of QVC’s assets, financing, disposal, conveyance, or transfer of all or a portion of our business to another company;
  • With third parties that conduct analytics or data appending to help us offer you more relevant products and services; or
  • For other purposes disclosed elsewhere in this Privacy Statement, or at the time you provide your personal information.

Aggregated or de-identified information that cannot be used to identify an individual and anonymised information is not considered personal information that is covered under this Privacy Statement.

 

Data Transfers outside of the EEA

QVC's Affiliates and third party service providers who have access to personal data may be located in other countries, and these countries may not have an adequacy decision by the European Commission. Any transfer of data to an Affiliate or third party service provider is covered by model clauses or another transfer mechanism to ensure that personal data is treated with care. You may contact the DPO or legal counsel at the information provided if you would like more information about these clauses or transfer mechanisms.

Where restricted, sensitive personal data types will not be transferred outside of the country. Personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, sexual orientation, sex life, trade union membership and genetic and biometric data are subject to special protection and considered by EU privacy law to be “sensitive personal data”.

 

Links to Other Websites

Our Services contain links to websites or applications controlled by third parties, for your convenience and information. Some linked websites or applications are operated by entities not affiliated with QVC, and these linked websites or applications have their own privacy policies or notices. If you visit other websites or applications through links found on QVC's Services, please review the posted privacy policies on those websites or applications. QVC is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of any website or application that is not controlled by QVC.

 

How long does QVC keep your personal information?

Personal information is retained based on legal, business, and contract requirements. If you have additional questions regarding retention, please contact DPOUK@qvc.com.  Personal information will be deleted, anonymised, or be limited to specific purposes and kept  for no longer than is necessary, taking into account the limitation periods for potential claims.  If a type of personal information is used for more than one purpose, then the personal data would be restricted, but kept for the longest applicable period.

Retention of your account, including name (first, last), address (street address, city, post code), email and customer number, will be kept pending an annual review for the limited purposes of fraud prevention and warrantees. Retention of this information will be reviewed on an annual basis to confirm that the additional purposes still apply.  Criteria will include risk of storage and exposure, as balanced with legal requirements for criminal and civil fraud limitation periods, financial and security risk, warranty periods, and customer status.

Requests for deletion will be limited by their continued necessity under Article 5(1)(e) of the GDPR, as required or permitted by applicable law, for compliance with a legal obligation; establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims, or if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary; at the request of government authorities conducting an investigation; if we believe there has been a violation of our terms or policies, or to protect anyone’s rights, property, life, health, security, or safety; to resolve outstanding disputes; or to troubleshoot existing problems, such as submitted security or functionality issues. 

Logs within systems will be kept with consideration of the type of data in the system, as well as legal and regulatory guidance requires.  

 

How does QVC protect your personal information?

QVC maintains security measures to protect personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration or destruction taking due account of the nature of the data and the risks involved in the processing.

 

Where can I get more information?

See details regarding your Privacy Rights, or if you have questions about this Privacy Statement or would like more information about our privacy practices, please contact us at DPOUK@qvc.com

 

Changes to This Privacy Statement

We seek to ensure that our information collection and processing is always proportionate. We will notify you of any changes to this notice which materially affect your rights or the purposes for which we collect and process personal data.  We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement when you use QVC's Services, as the current version will be available. This Privacy Statement was last revised on 25 May 2018.

Privacy Rights

You have rights regarding your personal information.  These rights include your ability to know how we are using your personal information, the ability to access, update, change, and even delete your personal information.  This section is where you can learn more and exercise your rights.

 

The right to be informed

You have the right to know how QVC is using your personal information. Refer to the section above “Why does QVC need my personal information

 

The rights of access & rectification

You have the right to know what personal information we have collected about you as well as manage and update your personal information. 

At QVC, you can access and manage much of your information in the My Account section.  You can also contact Customer Care to view and update your info.  

    Go to My Account

    Contact QVC Customer Care

You can change your preference for receiving marketing communications from us at any time through your account settings, by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link in any email communications, or by contacting our Customer Care team. Your profile will be updated to ensure that your preferences are respected.  Please also note that you will still receive communications about your account and orders from time to time (see the “how we may use your information” section).    

    Manage Your Marketing Preferences

You can change your preferences for seeing personalised advertisements by QVC, which may use your browsing history on QVC to make advertisements more relevant for you. Personal data such as name, address, and the like are not used, but we may use cookies to enable these ads.  Note, even if you choose not to see personalised ads, you may still see ads provided by QVC on other websites or apps; they just won't be personalised.    
    
    Manage Your Advertising & Tracking Preferences

You have control over what tracking and data collection takes place during your visits to QVC’s website and apps. Data collection for analytics and personalisation, targeted advertising, and loyalty programs are enabled to provide a quality consumer experience.  However, you can change your preferences to make sure you are comfortable with the ways we collect and use your information while you are on QVC’s website and apps. 

    Manage Your Privacy Preferences

You can also change your overall cookie settings, which will prevent some Services not to work, but will eliminate all data processing.  You can learn more about our use of cookies, web beacons and similar technologies and how to manage them in our Cookie Policy.

    Learn More about Cookie Settings

You can request a copy of the personal data we hold on our systems about you. If you wish to do so, please submit a request here.  We will contact youand ask some further questions to confirm details before we provide any information.

    Request to Receive a Copy of Your Data

 

Right to Be Forgotten

You have the right to request the deletion or removal of personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.

Deleting your data requires us to also delete your account.  This means we will deactivate your account and delete information associated to it.  However, we may retain archived copies of your information as required by law for legitimate business purposes such as to help address fraud and spam.  Retention of this information will be reviewed on an annual basis to confirm that the additional purposes still apply.

Please note that if you have shared any information through the QVC social media channels for example, that information may remain visible even after you have closed your account. 

Additionally, if you continue to browse QVC’s website or apps, but do not want us to track your information, you should update your Privacy Preferences. 

For this request, we will contact you and ask some further questions to confirm details before we provide any information.    

    Learn More & Submit a Request to Delete Your Data

 

Right to Restrict Processing of Your Data

Restricting processing will limit some of the features that you enjoy when using our Services.  This may include a less personalised experience, and a decreased ability to show you the products that you love. 

If you would like to change your marketing, email and other privacy preferences, find out how here.  

Under the Right to Restrict Processing, you may also question the legality of our processing or retention period for data.

Should you wish to limit the reasons we process your personal information, please submit your request here.  We will contact you and ask some further questions to confirm details before we provide any information.

    Request to Restrict the Processing of Data for Your Account

 

Right of Data Portability

You have the right to obtain your personal data collected by QVC for your own purposes across different services.  Any data we capture based on the legal basis of contract, we must provide to you in a machine readable format.

    Submit a Data Portability Request

 

Right to Object to Our Data Processing

 

You may object to why we believe we have the right to process your personal information.  If we are processing your data with consent, that consent may be withdrawn at any time.  If you believe we have determined the incorrect basis for processing, please submit your request here.

    Submit Your Objection 

 

Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

If QVC made decisions without human intervention, you could object to the decision that was made.  However, QVC does not make any decisions exclusively by machine that have a legal effect, subject to exceptions allowed by law, including, but not limited to, where processing is necessary for the performance of or entering into a contract, such as regarding fraud prevention. 

 

What to do if your rights have been violated

In the event you have a complaint about violations of your data protection rights, or if you are not satisfied with the results of review, complaint and appeal procedures within QVC, you can also contact the local data protection authority. QVC has committed to cooperate in investigations by and to comply with the advice of competent EU authorities in such case. If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern which has not been addressed satisfactorily, you may contact the legal counsel of QVC UK by email at DPOUK@qvc.com, and by mail at QVC, Building 8, Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5XU. You may also contact the data protection officer for QVC, Jeffrey God, who can be reached by email at DPOUK@qvc.com, and by regular mail at QVC, Attention: Jeffrey God, 1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380.