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Cookie Policy


Read our Cookie Policy


Contact:  
Corporate Secretary
Linde plc 
The Priestley Centre
10 Priestley Rd.
Surrey Research Park
Guildford GU2 7XY
United Kingdom

Current EU legislation requires all website operators to inform their users about their usage of cookies and to collect the user’s consent to such cookie usage. Please read this Cookie Policy carefully to find out which cookies we employ and which information we collect in this context.  

Cookie Consent
If you visit the Linde Website and your current browser settings accept cookies, and if you continue to use the Linde Website without changing your browser settings, we consider this as your consent in the usage of cookies as described in this Cookie Policy.   

What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are sent to your device (computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet) by the website you visit. Cookies are stored on your device in your browser’s file directory. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website each time you revisit it so it can recognize your device and improve your user experience on each subsequent visit. Cookies allow us to tailor a website to better match your interests or to store your password so that you do not need to re-enter it every time.   

If you do not want us to recognize your device, please configure your internet browser to erase cookies from your device, to block cookies or to issue a warning prior to storing a cookie on your device. Below you can find a short instruction on how to do this. Please note that certain functions of our website may no longer work or will not work correctly without cookies.

If you want to learn more about cookies and how they work, please visit:
www.allaboutcookies.org 
or:
www.youronlinechoices.eu   

Categories of cookies
Depending on their function and their intended purpose, cookies can be assigned to the following categories: absolutely necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies and cookies for marketing purposes.

Absolutely necessary cookies
Absolutely necessary cookies are required to navigate the Linde Website and operate basic website functions. Without these cookies basic functionalities cannot be offered. Absolutely necessary cookies can be placed without your consent.

Performance cookies
Performance cookies collect information on your usage of the Linde Website. They identify information such as your internet browser, operating system, visited websites, duration and number of website visits, previously visited website, most commonly visited websites and errors you experienced. The information collected is aggregated and anonymous. It does not allow a personal identification. It only serves the purpose of evaluating and enhancing the user experience of the Linde Website.  

Functional cookies
Functional cookies enable a website to store information and options you have already previously entered (e.g. user name, language settings, layout settings, contact preferences or your location) in order to offer you improved personalized functions. They are also used to enable requested functions, like playing videos.  

Cookies for marketing purposes
Cookies for marketing purposes are used to offer more relevant and interest-specific content to you, to limit the display frequency of ads and to measure the efficiency of an advertising campaign. They register if you have visited a promoted website or not, and which content you used. Such information may be shared with third parties, e.g. advertisers.  

Depending on their duration on your device, it can be distinguished between session cookies and permanent cookies:  

Session cookies:
Session cookies are only active during a browser session. They allow us to link all actions of a user during this browser session. They expire when you close the browser.  

Permanent cookies:
Permanent cookies remain on your device even after the browser session has been terminated. They are reactivated each time you revisit the website which created the cookie. They can remain on your device for a longer period of time until they expire. Typical expiry periods for permanent cookies can range from several days to several years.   

Cookies we use on the Linde Website

Webtrends Analytics
We use Webtrends Analytics, a web analytics tool provided by Webtrends EMEA Acquisiton ltd. / Webtrends Inc., 851 SW 6th Ave., Suite 1600, Portland Oregon 97206 (“Webtrends”). Webtrends uses so called “cookies” which are small text files placed on your computer. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Webtrends on servers in the United States.

Webtrends gathers anonymous information about how our website is used and analyses this information. The collected information will not be used to personally identify website visitors without the visitor’s explicit consent. The information collected helps us to continually address the needs of our visitors. Information stored are e.g. how many people visit our site, from which websites they come and what pages they view. Further information can be found in the Webtrends privacy statement.  

You may opt out of the Webtrends cookie setting at any time with effect for the future by clicking here: https://ondemand.webtrends.com/support/optout.asp

Siteimprove
We use Siteimprove, a web analytics service provided by Siteimprove, Inc. (“Siteimprove”). Siteimprove uses cookies to analyse website usage. The information generated by the cookie is transmitted to a Siteimprove server and stored there. Siteimprove may collect statistics about site usage, such as when a visitor last visited the website, or track the sequence of pages a visitor looks at during his visit. This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website and enable visitors to find relevant information quicker. The Siteimprove cookies contain a randomly generated ID used to recognise the browser when a visitor visits a page. The cookie contains no personal information and is used for web analytics only. View the Siteimprove privacy policy for further details.

Google Analytics  
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will generally be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. In case of activation of the IP anonymisation, Google will truncate / anonymise the last octet of your IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA, where it will be abbreviated. At the request of the website provider, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Your IP address will not be associated with other Google data. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. In addition, you can prevent Google’s collection and use of the data (cookies and IP address), as well as the processing of this data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available from the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/de.html  or at https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/ .

Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented by “anonymizeIp” to ensure an anonymised collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking).   In addition to the cookies described above, we currently use the following cookies:

Cookie Name Cookie Description Duration
acceptCookies  This cookie is used to remember that the user accepted our cookie usage as described in this Cookie Policy 
8 months 
hideCookie info 
This cookie is used to hide the cookie banner once the user has accepted cookie usage 
8 months 
disclaimerCookie 
This cookie stores the user agreement with our disclaimer on our disclaimer-protected websites
24 months  

How can I deactivate cookies or withdraw my cookie consent?
You can withdraw your cookie consent at any time with effect for the future. In order to do so, you need to deactivate / delete your cookies.

However, please be aware that, if you refuse or disable cookies, some of the Linde Website’s functionality may be lost.

One way to deactivate cookies placed by our websites is to click on the links contained in the above cookie information and to follow the instructions there.  

Another way to deactivate cookies is to change the cookie settings on your internet browser. The browser settings for cookies are typically found in the “options”, “tools” or “preferences” menu of your internet browser. You may also consult your browser’s “help” menu. Different browsers may use different mechanisms to disable cookies. Below we have compiled some links under which you will find some more detailed information on how to disable cookies on different common browsers:

Mozilla Firefox  

Internet Explorer

Google Chrome

Safari 7  

Questions?  
Please address all your questions and your requests regarding our Cookie Policy to our Contact.  

Updates
Any changes to our use of cookies for the Linde Website will be posted here and if appropriate, signposted from our web pages highlighting any changes.

October 2018