Privacy Policy

Columbia Sportswear Privacy Policy (Canada)

Last Updated: January 13, 2016

This privacy policy ("Policy") explains how your personal information is collected, used, and disclosed by Columbia Sportswear Company and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, including Mountain Hardwear and Sorel ("Columbia" or "we/our/us"). Unless we otherwise indicate, this Policy applies to all personal information collected by Columbia from any source, including information collected through our online services and activities, including this Website (collectively, "Sites"), and at retail locations. This Policy will not apply where we display or link to a different privacy policy.


We collect information from you in various ways. We collect personal information you directly provide to us online, in our stores and through your other interactions with us. For example, we collect your name, email address, postal address, phone number, fax number, demographics and other information you provide us or allow us to collect from you. We also collect credit card numbers if you purchase our products and services. We may also obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect from you.

When you visit our Sites, some information is automatically collected. For example, when you visit our Sites your computer's operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address, access times, browser type and language, and referring website addresses are logged automatically. We also collect information about your usage and activity on our Sites.

Cookies. We may automatically collect information using "cookies." Cookies are small data files stored on your hard drive by a website. Among other things, cookies help us improve our Sites and your experience. We use cookies to see which areas and features are popular and to count visits to our Sites. Many Web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove cookies and to reject cookies from our Sites. If you set your browser not to accept cookies or if you reject a cookie, it may affect certain features or services of our Sites.

Web Beacons. We may collect information using web beacons. Web beacons, or "gifs," are electronic images that may be used on our Sites or in our emails. We use web beacons to deliver cookies, count visits, understand usage and campaign effectiveness and to tell if an email has been opened and acted upon.


Third parties may also collect information about you through our Sites. For example, third party analytics services use cookies and web beacons to help us compile statistics about our Sites. We receive assurances from those third parties that they will not collect or access your personal information on our Sites. Other third parties may also collect information about your online activities over time and across different websites when you visit our Site, for example, to display Columbia ads to you on third party websites and to deliver third party ads to our Sites and others as described below.

Columbia Ads on Third Party Websites

We and others may use information collected using third-party cookies and web beacons on our Sites and in our emails to deliver Columbia-branded advertising displayed to you on third-party websites. We and others also may use cookie information to know when you return to our website after visiting these third-party websites. We and others use this and other information about you to try to understand your interests and show you relevant advertising about products and services that may interest you. If you would like more information about this practice and your choices visit, and the Columbia Ad Choices Page.

Third Party Advertisements

We may also use third parties to serve ads on third party websites. Certain third parties may automatically collect non-personally identifiable information about your visits to this and other websites such as your IP address, your ISP, and the browser you use to visit our Sites. They do this using cookies, clear gifs or other technologies. Information collected may be used, among other things, to deliver advertising targeted to your interests and to better understand the usage and visitation of our Sites and the other sites tracked by these third parties. This Policy does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, cookies or clear gifs in third party ads, and we encourage you to check the privacy policies of advertisers and/or ad services to learn about their use of cookies and other technology. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, visit


Your provision of your personal information to Columbia means that you agree and consent that we may collect, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with this Policy.

We use personal information we collect for purposes described in this Policy or as disclosed to you in other ways including on our Sites, in our stores, or in connection with our services. For example, we may use your information to:

  • provide and deliver products and services;
  • send you information related to products and services, including confirmations, invoices, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;
  • communicate with you about new contests, promotions and rewards, upcoming events, and other news about products and services offered by Columbia and our selected partners;
  • operate and improve our Sites and services;
  • process and deliver contest entries and rewards;
  • manage and administer our community features and member programs and services;
  • respond to your comments and questions and provide customer service; and
  • link or combine with other personal information we get from third parties, to help understand your needs and provide you with better service.

Columbia may store and process personal information in the United States and other countries, and as such, law enforcement authorities and courts in those foreign jurisdictions may, in certain circumstances, be entitled to access your personal information. By using any of our Sites, you consent to any such transfer outside of Canada.


Certain sections of our Sites are designed as open and public community areas for connecting and sharing with other people. When you sign up for or participate in these areas you will be asked to provide certain information that may be displayed publicly along with photos, stories, posts, and other information you choose to provide. We may also post or publish your information when you submit comments, stories, photos, and videos in connection with surveys, contests, sweepstakes, or promotions offered on the Sites.

We do not otherwise disclose your personal information with third parties except as follows:

  • in an aggregated or anonymized form that does not directly identify you;
  • with your consent, for example, when you agree to our disclosing your inform• with your consent, for example, when you agree to our disclosing your information to other third parties for their own marketing purposes subject to their separate privacy policies;
  • with third party vendors, consultants and other service providers who are working on our behalf and need access to your information to carry out their work for us. Any such third parties are required to limit their use of your personal information for the purposes and in the manner we have instructed them. They have also committed to keeping your personal information confidential, using it only as directed by Columbia, and securing your personal information in a manner that is consistent with this Policy;
  • to (a) comply with laws or respond to lawful requests and legal process (including (i) to comply with an order from a court with jurisdiction to compel production of such information, (ii) to legal authorities for the detection and prevention of fraud or other criminal activity, and (iii) to our external legal counsel in the event that any matter may be the subject of litigation), (b) to protect the rights and property of Columbia our agents, members, and others including to enforce our agreements, policies and terms of use or (c) in the good faith belief that disclosure is needed to respond to an emergency or protect the personal safety of any person; and
  • in connection with any merger, sale of company assets, financing or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.


We store your personal information only for so long as is needed to meet the purposes set out in this Policy, including for the purpose of enabling us to meet any legal requirements. Columbia takes reasonable measures to protect your personal information in an effort to prevent loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.


Columbia will permit you the reasonable right of access and review of your personal information. We will endeavour to provide you with the information in question within a reasonable time and no later than 30 days following receipt of your request. If we require additional time, or if we feel that we have grounds to refuse your request, we will notify you of new timing for our reply and/or the reasons for our extension or refusal.


You may withdraw your consent to Columbia’s collection, use and disclosure of your personal information at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice by contacting us at If you choose to withdraw your consent, we will inform you of the implications of doing so. Typically, this may include limitations such as no longer receiving email marketing, no longer receiving personalized advertising, and not being able to save account information.

You may opt out of receiving promotional emails from Columbia by following the instructions in those emails. If you choose to opt out of promotional emails, we may still send you non-promotional emails, such as emails about your accounts or our ongoing business relations. You may also send requests about your contact preferences, changes to your information, or our Policy or privacy practices by writing us at:
Columbia Sportswear Company
Attn: Ecommerce
14375 N.W. Science Park Dr.
Portland, OR 97229


Columbia may change this Policy from time to time. If we make any changes to this Policy, we will change the "Last Updated" date above.