Privacy Statement

Praxair Privacy Statement

Last updated: September 11, 2012

Praxair, Inc. and its affiliates (“Praxair” or “We”) are committed to protecting any personal information that you may provide to us. In particular, we believe it is important for you to know how we treat information about you that we may receive from this website. 

This privacy statement applies to the Praxair websites to which it is linked and that are operated by Praxair from within the United States and accessed from within the United States. If you reside outside the United States and choose to access or provide personal information to a Praxair website, Praxair’s collection, use and disclosure of your personal information will be subject to the laws of the United States, which may differ from those of the country in which you reside. Some of our affiliates or other programs may have their own, possibly different, privacy statements. The information practices of those affiliates or other programs may be governed by their own privacy statements. Praxair's website also contains links to selected external websites. Praxair is not responsible for the privacy practices at external sites or their use of any information they may collect from you. We encourage you to review the privacy policies posted on all sites you visit.

If you do not accept this privacy statement, please do not access, use, or browse this website.

Collection and Use of Personal Information 

In general, you can visit this website without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. "Personal information" means personally identifiable information, such as your name, street address, telephone number, date of birth, email address and other identifiers that permit identification of a specific individual. You can browse most of our websites and view much of our content anonymously.

There are certain features that require you to provide (voluntarily) certain personal information before you may participate in specific areas. We may use the personal information that you provide to us to contact you for marketing and promotional purposes. We may collect personal information in connection with the provision of our content and services, for example, when you send us email or otherwise contact us, enter a contest, register for off-line and on-line events, subscribe to a newsletter and/or other online services. 

We may also require visitors to register in order to obtain a user ID and password for authentication and secure access to a transaction or certain business confidential or proprietary information services. 

Providing us with personal information is entirely optional and voluntary; however, if you do not provide the personal information requested, the related service may not be available to you.

Sharing of Personal Information 

We do not sell or rent your personal information to third-parties for marketing purposes unless you have granted us permission to do so. 

We may share your personal information with authorized third-party agents or contractors in order to perform research, or provide a requested service or transaction. 

We may disclose personal information in connection with security related or law enforcement investigations or in the course of cooperating with authorities, protecting and defending our rights or property or complying with legal requirements.

We also reserve the right to sell or transfer your information to a third party entity in the event that Praxair is acquired by or merged with another company, or in connection with the potential sale or transfer of some or all of the business.

Collections and Use of Non-Personal Information 

We may also collect non-personal information about your visit or your device whenever you interact with our websites. For example, we may automatically collect your location information, browsing history within the site, domain name, Internet Protocol (IP) address, means of entry to the site, the type of browser and operating system used to access the site, the date, time and duration of each visit, the pages you visit, and other information. We may also track and catalog the search terms that are entered into search tools. 

We may use this information to customize and localize your experience with Praxair. For example, we may use this information to provide you with more relevant content or to offer you customized advertisements, promotional offers or other relevant information. This content may appear on our website or on other sites within our advertising network. This information may also be used in the aggregate to measure the use of the site, trends and to improve the site's usability and performance.

Sharing of Non-Personal Information

We may share your non-personal information with third parties to help us provide you with more relevant content, analyze site usage, improve our services, or for similar purposes.

Use of Cookies and Other Web Technologies 

This site uses cookies and other web technologies. A cookie is a small data file that many websites write to your computer when you visit them. Cookies allow us, and others who place and access cookies on our site, to deliver relevant content to you and provide you with more pertinent promotional offers and advertisements. These advertisements may appear on our website or third party websites. In addition, on applicable sites, we may use cookies to store your shopping basket information when you shop online with us. We may follow up with you by phone, email or otherwise, based on the information stored in cookies and other web technologies, or collected on this site.

Most browsers have options that allow you to choose what cookies can be placed on your computer and to delete or disable cookies, but setting a browser to reject cookies may affect and limit your experience on this site.

Information Security 

Praxair uses commercially reasonable methods consistent with industry practice to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy, and to ensure appropriate use of your personal information.

If we transfer sensitive personal data (for example, credit card information) over the internet, we protect it using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology.

While we strive to protect your personal information, we can not ensure the security of the information you transmit.

We recommend you take every precaution in protecting your personal information when you are on the Internet. For example, change your passwords often, use a combination of letters and numbers when creating passwords, and do not reveal your password to anyone.

Children

Praxair is committed to protecting children’s privacy. Praxair does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. 

Email 

If you have provided us with your email address to subscribe to one of our services or to receive notifications or updates about one of the offerings at our sites and you wish to change your address or no longer wish to receive these communications, please follow the unsubscribe instructions that appear in these email communications.

Questions or Comments 

If you have questions or comments regarding this privacy statement, please contact us at info@praxair.com.

Updates 

We may update this privacy statement at any time by posting updated text on this site. We display a last updated date at the top of this statement so that you will know when there has been a change. Accordingly, you should check this statement on a regular basis for our most current privacy practices. Each time you access, use, or browse the website, you signify your acceptance of the then-current version of the privacy statement. Any changes will take effect upon posting and apply only to information collected from you on and after the last updated date, unless specified otherwise.

More information is available in our Legal Notice.