With respect to personal data received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, Messer CS is subject to the regulatory and enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Definitions

“Data Subject” means the individual to whom any given Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy refers.

“Personal Data” means any information relating to an individual residing in the European Union, UK, and Switzerland that can be used to identify that individual either on its own or in combination with other readily available data.

“Sensitive Personal Data” means Personal Data regarding an individual's racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union membership, physical or mental health, or sexual life.

To see what data we collect and how we use that data please see our privacy policy (Link Here)

Scope and Responsibility 

This Privacy Shield Policy applies to Personal Data pertaining to customers of Messer CS transferred from European Union member countries, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland to Messer CS’s operations in the U.S. in reliance on the respective Privacy Shield framework and does not apply to Personal Data transferred under Standard Contractual Clauses or any approved derogation from the EU Directive.

All employees of Messer CS that have access in the U.S. to non-HR, customer Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy are responsible for conducting themselves in accordance with this Privacy Shield Policy.  Adherence by Messer CS to this Privacy Shield Policy may be limited to the extent required to meet legal, regulatory, governmental, or national security obligations, but Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy shall not be collected, used, or disclosed in a manner contrary to this policy without the prior written permission of Messer CS’s Chief Privacy Officer. 

Messer CS employees responsible for engaging third parties to which Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy will be transferred are responsible for obtaining appropriate assurances that such third parties have an obligation to conduct themselves in accordance with the applicable provisions of this Privacy Shield Principles, including any applicable contractual assurances required by Privacy Shield.

Privacy Shield Principles

1. Notice

Messer CS notifies Data Subjects covered by this Privacy Shield Policy about its data practices regarding Personal Data received by Messer CS in the U.S. from European Union member countries, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland in reliance on the respective Privacy Shield framework, including the types of Personal Data it collects about them, the purposes for which it collects and uses such Personal Data, the types of third parties to which it discloses such Personal Data and the purposes for which it does so, the rights of Data Subjects to access their Personal Data, the choices, and means that Messer CS offers for limiting its use and disclosure of such Personal Data, how Messer CS’s obligations under the Privacy Shield are enforced, and how Data Subjects can contact Messer CS with any inquiries or complaints.

2. Choice

If Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy is to be used for a new purpose that is materially different from that for which the Personal Data was originally collected or subsequently authorized or is to be disclosed to a non-agent third party, Messer CS will provide Data Subjects with an opportunity to choose whether to have their Personal Data so used or disclosed. Requests to opt-out of such uses or disclosures of Personal Data should be sent to: legal.us@messer-cutting.com.

If Sensitive Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy is to be used for a new purpose that is different from that for which the Personal Data was originally collected or subsequently authorized or is to be disclosed to a third party, Messer CS will obtain the Data Subject’s explicit consent prior to such use or disclosure.

3. Accountability for Onward Transfer

In the event we transfer Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy to a third party (e.g., in connection with a potential business transaction such as a sale, merger, or reorganization) acting as a controller, we will do so consistent with any notice provided to Data Subjects and any consent they have given, and only if the third party has given us contractual assurances that it will (i) process the Personal Data for limited and specified purposes consistent with any consent provided by the Data Subjects, (ii) provide at least the same level of protection as is required by the Privacy Shield Principles and notify us if it makes a determination that it cannot do so; and (iii) cease processing of the Personal Data or take other reasonable and appropriate steps to remediate if it makes such a determination. If Messer CS has knowledge that a third party acting as a controller is processing Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy in a way that is contrary to the Privacy Shield Principles, Messer CS will take reasonable steps to prevent or stop such processing. 

With respect to our agents, we will transfer only the Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy needed for an agent to deliver to Messer CS the requested product or service.  Furthermore, we will (i) permit the agent to process such Personal Data only for limited and specified purposes; (ii) require the agent to provide at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by the Privacy Shield Principles; (iii) take reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure that the agent effectively processes the Personal Data transferred in a manner consistent with Messer CS’s obligations under the Privacy Shield Principles; and (iv) require the agent to notify Messer CS if it makes a determination that it can no longer meet its obligation to provide the same level of protection as is required by the Privacy Shield Principles.  Upon receiving notice from an agent that it can no longer meet its obligation to provide the same level of protection as is required by the Privacy Shield Principles, we will take reasonable and appropriate steps to stop and remediate unauthorized processing.  

To see the types of third parties we disclose data to please see our privacy policy. (Link Here)

Messer CS’s accountability for personal data that it receives in the United States under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfers to a third party is described in the Privacy Shield Principles. In particular, Messer CS remains responsible and liable under the Privacy Shield Principles if third-party agents that it engages to process personal data on its behalf do so in a manner inconsistent with the Principles unless Messer CS proves that it is not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.

4. Security

Messer CS takes reasonable and appropriate measures to protect Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction, taking into due account the risks involved in the processing and the nature of the Personal Data.

5. Data Integrity and Purpose Limitation

Messer CS limits the collection of Personal Data covered by this Privacy Shield Policy to information that is relevant for the purposes of processing. Messer CS does not process such Personal Data in a way that is incompatible with the purposes for which it has been collected or subsequently authorized by the Data Subject.

Messer CS takes reasonable steps to ensure that such Personal Data is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and current.  Messer CS takes reasonable and appropriate measures to comply with the requirement under the Privacy Shield to retain Personal Data in identifiable form only for as long as it serves a purpose of processing, which includes Messer CS’s obligations to comply with professional standards, Messer CS’s business purposes and unless a longer retention period is permitted by law, and it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles for as long as it retains such Personal Data. 

6. Access

Pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, EU, UK, and Swiss individuals have the right to obtain our confirmation of whether we maintain personal information relating to you in the United States. Upon request, we will provide you with access to the personal information that we hold about you. You may also correct, amend, or delete the personal information we hold about you. An individual who seeks access, or who seeks to correct, amend, or delete inaccurate data transferred to the United States under Privacy Shield, should direct their query to legal.us@messer-cutting.com. If requested to remove data, we will respond within a reasonable timeframe.

7. Recourse, Enforcement, and Liability

In compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles, Messer CS commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information transferred to the United States pursuant to Privacy Shield. European Union, UK, and Swiss individuals with Privacy Shield inquiries or complaints should first contact Messer CS by email at legal.us@messer-cutting.com.

If your Privacy Shield complaint cannot be resolved through the above channels, under certain conditions, you may invoke binding arbitration for some residual claims not resolved by other redress mechanisms. See Privacy Shield Annex 1 at https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=ANNEX-I-introduction.

Messer CS agrees to periodically review and verify its compliance with the Privacy Shield Principles and to remedy any issues arising out of failure to comply with the Privacy Shield Principles. Messer CS acknowledges that its failure to provide an annual self-certification to the U.S. Department of Commerce will remove it from the Department’s list of Privacy Shield participants.

8.         Changes to this Privacy Shield Policy

This Privacy Shield Policy may be amended from time to time consistent with the requirements of the Privacy Shield. Appropriate notice regarding such amendments will be given. 

9.           How may you contact us?

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or if you believe that your personal information is not handled in accordance with applicable law or this Privacy Policy, you may contact the Messer CS Legal Department at legal.us@messer-cutting.com or W141 N9427 Fountain Blvd, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, 53051.