Walmart Applicant Privacy Policy

Last Reviewed: July 1, 2022
This policy is also available in Spanish.

We Last Updated Our Privacy Policy on July 1, 2021

Updates include:

  • Revising the chart that illustrates what categories of personal information are shared with each category of third party 

Walmart Applicant Privacy Policy Summary

This policy applies to personal information collected by Walmart Inc. and its family of companies during the recruitment and hiring process. Personal information is information that identifies you or reasonably can be linked to information that identifies you. The policy applies on the websites and mobile services (i.e. mobile apps) for the Walmart Inc. family of companies where it is posted. If you are offered and accept a position with the company, this information will become part of your personnel file and its use will be governed according to our internal associate policies and procedures, and the terms of this policy will no longer apply.

Our policy outlines:

  • How and why we collect your personal information;
  • How your personal information is used and protected;
  • When and with whom we share your personal information; and
  • How you can access and update your personal information.

Information Collection – What We Collect and How We Collect it

What Information We Collect

We may collect the following categories of personal information. Not all categories may be collected about every individual:

  • Personal identifiers, such as name and address
  • Device and online identifiers and related information, such as telephone number and email address
  • Internet, application, and network activity, such as cookie IDs and browser visits
  • Government identifiers, such as national identification numbers and driver’s license numbers
  • Demographic information, such as age and date of birth
  • Financial information, such as credit and debit card numbers and claims information
  • Health and health insurance information, such as prescription numbers and health insurance identification numbers
  • Characteristics of protected classifications under state or federal law, such as gender and nationality
  • Biometric information, such as imagery of the iris, retina, and fingerprints
  • Location information, such as geo-location information
  • Audio, visual, and other sensory information, such as audio and video recordings
  • Employment information, such as occupation, title, licenses and professional memberships
  • Background and criminal information, such as background checks and criminal convictions, drug screening results
  • Education information, such as degree and schooling information
  • Individual preferences and characteristics, such as inferences, preferences you have expressed related to choice of working locations, or cover letter objectives

How We Collect Information

We collect information from you in a variety of ways. It may be:

  • Provided directly by you or a member of your household
  • Collected from a device associated with you or your household
  • Collected through in-store technology
  • Collected from another company within our family of companies
  • Collected from an external third-party source

Information Provided Directly by You or a Member of Your Household
We collect information directly from you during the recruitment and hiring process. This includes information that you give us when you create a profile in our application system, and information you provide when you apply or interview for a position.

Information Collected From a Device Associated With You or Your Household
We also collect information from you automatically when you use our website or mobile services. This information may not identify you personally. For example, we may collect IP address, browser or operating system information, and referring website. Our websites may use cookies, which are small text files stored on your computer that help us to maintain your session or provide other interactive features. You can turn off cookies through your browser. However, turning off cookies may limit some functionality of the site, such as changing the layout of your personalized content. The site may also use web beacons, which allow us to know if you visited a certain page.

Information We Collect From In-Store Technology
We may collect your personal information from technology we use in our stores, such as our facility cameras. We operate cameras in stores and corporate facilities for security and operational purposes, for example, to help us improve the design of our stores to better serve our customers and associates.

Information We Collect From Another Company Within Our Family of Companies
We may collect your personal information from another organization within our corporate family of companies, such as with Sam's Club and

Information Collected From External Third-Party Sources
We receive information about you from third-party sources to assist us with specific employment-related activities. For example, background reporting agencies may conduct background checks on our behalf and provide their results to us. Examples of the types of information contained in a background check may include your criminal, employment, and educational history, as well as information about your character, general reputation, personal characteristics, credit standing, and more. We will obtain an authorized disclosure before conducting a criminal background check on you. We may also collect information from references you provide to us.

We may also receive information from publicly available social media or career site profiles.

Information Use

We may use your personal information for various purposes, including:

  • Recruiting and employment purposes
  • To create and maintain your account
  • To conduct business analysis, such as analytics, projections, identifying areas for operational improvement
  • To conduct auditing and monitoring of engagement
  • Legal or compliance functions
  • Updating operational and technical functionality
  • To protect the security and integrity of our systems, processes and our business, and help prevent fraud

Some examples of the recruiting and employment purposes described above are to:

  • Process your application;
  • Evaluate you for current and future employment opportunities, based on your skills, qualifications and interests;
  • Communicate with you and inform you of employment opportunities;
  • Fulfill our legal obligations;
  • Conduct continued evaluation of background checks;
  • Improve our recruitment and hiring process, including performing analysis of our applicant pool;
  • Carry out internal record keeping;
  • Carry out equal opportunities monitoring; and
  • To conduct investigations related to company policies

Information Sharing

All of the categories of personal information that we collect have been shared with other companies, including those within our corporate family, for a business purpose. We will only share your personal information within our corporate family of companies as permitted by law, except in the following circumstances:

Service Providers
From time to time, we may utilize service providers to administer certain programs, benefits, or administrative functions on behalf of Walmart related to our recruitment and hiring processes. We require our service providers to keep confidential the information that we obtain from you as an applicant. We do not allow our service providers to use or share your information for any purpose other than providing services on our behalf, without your affirmative consent.

Sharing for Legal Requirements and Protection of Our Companies and Others
We may share your information in certain other circumstances, which include situations when sharing is required by law, or we believe sharing will help to protect the safety, property, or our rights or the rights of our customers, our applicants or associates, or other persons. Examples include:

  • Protecting the health or safety of applicants, associates, or customers;
  • Addressing crimes committed on or to our properties;
  • Identifying and addressing fraud or financial risk;
  • Providing information to law enforcement at their written request;
  • Responding to a search warrant, subpoena, or other valid legal inquiry

Categories of Personal Information We Disclose to Each Type of Third Party
We may share your personal information with certain categories of third parties, as described below.

Types of Third Parties to Which the Personal Information Was Disclosed for a Business PurposeCategories of Personal Information Disclosed for a Business Purpose
Those we are legally required to share withPersonal identifiers
(See example above Sharing for Legal Requirements and Protection of Our Companies and Others)Device and online identifiers and related information
Internet, application, and network activity
Government identifiers
Demographic information
Financial information
Health and health insurance information
Characteristics of protected classifications under state or federal law
Biometric information
Location information
Audio, visual, and other sensory information
Employment information
Background and criminal information
Education information
Individual preferences and characteristics
Service providers that receive data in order to provide services to us (e.g. technology providers, cloud storage providers, etc.)Personal identifiers
(See example above Service Providers)Device and online identifiers and related information
Internet, application, and network activity
Government identifiers
Demographic information
Health and health insurance information
Characteristics of protected classifications under state or federal law
Location information
Audio, visual, and other sensory information
Employment information
Background and criminal information
Education information
Individual preferences and characteristics

Your Access

When you create a profile through our hiring website or service, you have the ability at any time to access and update the profile information you have given us. Please note once you have submitted an application for a specific job opening, that particular application cannot be edited.

Information Protection

We recognize the importance of maintaining the security of our applicants’ personal information. We use reasonable security measures, including physical, administrative, and technical safeguards to protect your personal information. For example, we ask you to password protect your account, and we use encryption technology to protect your personal information.


For questions regarding this policy, contact the Walmart Privacy Office by postal mail or by email at

Walmart Inc.
Privacy Office, MS #0160
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, AR 72716-0160


We will communicate any significant updates to this policy. We will post the date this policy was last updated at the top of the policy. Please check periodically for changes.

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