The Lincoln Electric Company Cookies Policy
Last Updated: May 2018
Websites maintained by Lincoln Electric (collectively the “Site”) use a number of different cookies. This Cookies Policy explains the following:
What are cookies?
Cookies we use and why we use them
Cookies for E.U. users
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. The cookie then sends information back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to remember your preferences. You can find more information about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience.
Cookies we use and why we use them
Cookies are often categorized by function. We use four types of cookies by function on our Site:
- Essential Cookies
These are cookies that are strictly necessary for the functioning of the website or for performing services that an individual user has requested.
- Analytical Cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. Analytical cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information that analytical cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. These cookies are used only to improve how a website functions.
- Functional Cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices users make and to provide enhanced, personalized features. For example, on our Site, these cookies remember users’ language preferences.
- Targeting/Advertising Cookies
Targeting/advertising cookies are cookies used to deliver advertisements relevant to the user. They remember that a user has visited a website and share this information with other organizations such as advertising vendors.
Cookies can also be categorized by how long they remain on your device. There are two broad categories of duration:
- Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies remain on your device until deleted manually or automatically.
- Session cookies
Session cookies remain on your device until you close your browser when they are automatically deleted.
We use both session and persistent cookies on our Site.
In this section, we describe cookies used by the Site in more detail for E.U. users. This section does not discuss cookies from the Lincoln Electric Online Store. We did not include those cookies here because the Store section of the Site is not intended for users outside of the United States. The Lincoln Electric Online Store is the section of the Site with the URL: http://store.lincolnelectric.com. If you are not a U.S. user, please do not use this part of the Site.
Cookies for E.U. users
Cookies can also be categorized by who puts the cookie on the user’s computer or other device the user uses to browse the internet.
First party cookies are cookies placed by the party operating the website. For example, any cookies we (Lincoln Electric) place on your computer from our Site are first party cookies.
Third party cookies are cookies placed from a website by a party that does not own or operate that website.
The following describes in more detail the types of functional cookies that we use.
An example of an essential cookie used by the site is the cookie we place to remember what tab you selected. The Site uses this cookie to ensure the tab remains selected as you browse within the tab.
Although these cookies provide information to Google Analytics, they are first party cookies because we place them ourselves.
You can object to the collection of your information by Google Analytics by clicking here.
An example of a functional cookie we use is a cookie that remembers your location preference. For example, if you choose the United Kingdom version of our Site, this cookie remembers that you prefer to browse this version.
Cookies in this category may include Remarketing Cookies. These are cookies that remember that you visited our Site after you leave. Sometimes they collect information about what pages of our Site you visited. They then share this information with our third party vendors, such as Google and DataXU. Based on this information, the third party vendors show you advertisements for Lincoln Electric products on third party websites that we think may interest you based on what you viewed on our website. The Remarketing Cookies are first party cookies.
The Site uses Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses to analyze trends, administer the Site, track user movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We do not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information unless you have logged into your myLincoln account, in which case your IP address will be linked to your myLincoln UserID. An Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) typically assigns a random dynamic IP address at the time of your connection. For local area network (“LAN”), DSL, or cable modem users, a static IP address may be permanently assigned to a particular computer. We may record the IP addresses of visitors to the Site. An IP address may reveal your ISP or geographic area and is generally considered to be Personal Data under the General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”).
Location of information processing:
The information collected by our cookies is processed in servers located in the United States.
The information we gather from our cookies is shared with the Google Analytics and the Remarketing Cookies programs.
When you visit our Site, Lincoln Electric may place cookies on your computer (or other device you use to browse the web) that tell third party vendors like Google and DataXU to show you ads for Lincoln Electric (“Remarketing Cookies”). As a result, these third party vendors may display Lincoln Electric ads to you on sites across the Internet. Remarketing Cookies only collect information about what webpages you have visited on the Site in order to show you ads about products that may interest you.
Rejecting Cookies Through Browser Settings:
The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether. For more information on using browser settings to reject cookies, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
You should note that rejecting cookies in your browser settings may mean that any preferences you set on this Site will be lost and that the Site may not work as well. In addition, using the browser settings to reject cookies may also cause your browser to reject cookies from all websites, not just this Site.
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