Privacy policy

At the same time that Lincoln Electric System is committed to providing you information online, we recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information collected about you. In adopting this privacy policy, our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using information with your reasonable expectations of privacy.

When you visit our site, we may collect two types of information: nonpersonally identifiable information and personally identifiable information.

Nonpersonally identifiable information

This information is used only for internal purposes to create summary statistics that allow us to assess the number of visitors, determine technical design specifications, monitor system performance and help us make our site more useful to customers. It includes the following:

  • Name of the domain from which you access the Internet.
  • Type of browser and operating system used to access our site.
  • Date and time you access our site.
  • Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site.
  • Email address (for inquiry emails only)

Personally identifiable information

LES does not collect personally identifying information about individuals, except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals. Visitors to our site who do not want their personally identifiable information collected online are asked not to submit such information to LES. This information includes the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • LES account number

When necessary, information provided to LES through this site will be encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer technology, the industry standard method for protecting Web communications. SSL encrypts or scrambles any information sent from your browser to the server you are connected to, making it virtually impossible to intercept and tamper with the information while being transmitted. LES has a valid Thawte SSL certificate, which means you can transact safely and securely with LES. Thawte is the second largest Certification Authority worldwide.

Kids: Be sure to ask your parents for permission before you send any information (such as your name, address or email address) over the Internet to LES or anyone else.

Parents: We encourage you to be involved with your children’s online usage and to be aware of the activities in which they are participating. Any personally identifiable information collected by LES that we are aware is from children will be used only for LES internal purposes such as for fulfilling requests for information or materials. Such information will not be posted or published by LES or provided to any third parties.

LES will not sell or trade to third parties any personally identifiable information derived from any LES online service.

LES may disclose information to third parties about your account or the transactions you make only:

  • Where it is necessary for completing a transaction (including collection); or
  • In order to comply with government agency requirements, statutory requirements or court orders; or
  • If you give us your written permission.