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Houghton International Inc. Privacy Statement

At Houghton International Inc. (the "Company"), we are committed to maintaining the privacy of all visitors to this website (this "Website"), as described in this privacy statement (the "Privacy Statement"). Please read this Privacy Statement, as well as our Website Terms and Conditions, for more details about how we use information you submit to this Website. This Privacy Statement, together with our Website Terms and Conditions, constitute the entire agreement between you and the Company relating to this Website. By your use of the Website, you consent to be governed by this Privacy Statement.

We reserve the right, at our discretion, to modify or amend this Privacy Statement at any time. Your continued use of the Website following reasonable notice of such modifications will be conclusively deemed acceptance of any changes to this Privacy Statement. You agree that notice of changes to the Privacy Statement posted on the Website constitutes reasonable and sufficient notice. At all times, you are bound by the then-current version of the Privacy Statement, the Terms and Conditions, and all applicable laws. We highly recommend that you review this Privacy Statement from time to time to ensure that you are familiar with the most recent version.

The Company only collects your personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") through this Website when you choose to provide such information or as otherwise described in this Privacy Statement. This Privacy Statement does not address personal information that you provide to us in other contexts (e.g., through a business relationship not handled through this Website). Personal Information can include your name, address, telephone number, and/or email address. Any change to this Privacy Statement that materially affects your rights to your Personal Information will not take effect until 30 days after notice of such change is posted on the Website, during which time you may notify us that you do not accept such change. Your continued use of the Website after such 30 day period will mean that you accept such changes.

The Company passively collects information that is automatically sent to us by your web browser in order to provide a more personalized website experience. This information may include your language preference, domain name and user name.  

Google Analytics

We use “Google Analytics” which is a tool used to collect information about use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site but the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.  For more information, please click the following link:

  • The Company uses cookies to provide personal service for those who register and to estimate our audience size. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. This website is cookie-enabled in order to give you a more personalized user experience. Please refer to your browser if you want to learn more about your cookie settings.

Each browser accessing a Company website is given a unique cookie which is then used to determine the extent of repeat usage, usage by a registered user versus by an unregistered user, and to help develop content based on user interests and behavior. We also measure certain traffic patterns, which areas of the Company's network of websites you have visited, and your visiting patterns in the aggregate. We use this research to understand how our users' habits are similar or different from one another so that we can make each new experience on a Company website a better one. We may use this information to better personalize the content, banners, and promotions that you and other users will see on our sites.

The Company uses your Personal Information to address your requests for information, products or services, and may use it at some point in the future to fulfill business transactions. If you e-mail us, you are voluntarily releasing information to us. Your e-mail address will be used by the Company to respond to you. The Company will not sell, rent, license, or trade your Personal Information with third parties for their own direct marketing use unless you give us general or specific consent to do so. Because of the nature of the Internet, we may transmit such information to another country for purposes other than direct marketing, such as for storage or because of where our servers are located. We may also use it to investigate security breaches or cooperate with authorities pursuant to a legal matter. We may also remove all the Personal Information and use the rest for historical, statistical or scientific purposes. For example, the Company may collect aggregate queries for internal reporting and targeted advertising. The Company also counts, tracks, and aggregates the visitor's activity into the Company's analysis of general traffic flow at this Website. To these ends, the Company may merge information about you into aggregated group data and other databases. In some cases, the Company may remove personal identifiers from Personal Information and maintain it in aggregate form that may later be combined with other information to generate anonymous, aggregated statistical information. Such anonymous, group data may be shared on an aggregated basis with the Company's affiliates, business partners, service providers and/or vendors; if it does so, the Company will not disclose your individual identity (except as permitted under this Privacy Statement).

The Company may also disclose Personal Information in connection with conducting audits, responding to legal and/or regulatory requirements, enforcing the Company's policies, or in responding to complaints or safety or security concerns. The Company may also share your Personal Information with: (a) members of the Company's corporate family and any successors; (b) other companies or organizations that work with, or on behalf of the Company to provide products and services; (c) law enforcement or other governmental officials, in response to a verified request relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity; and/or (d) other business entities, in connection with the sale, assignment, merger or other transfer of the Company's business to such business entity. The Company will disclose Personal Information in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

For your convenience, this website may contain certain hyperlinks to other Company pages as well as to websites outside of the Company. We make no promises or guarantees regarding data collection on the hyperlinked pages that are not owned by the Company. We therefore recommend that you read the privacy policy/statement for each site you visit. As discussed in the Company's Website Terms and Conditions, the Company is not responsible for the content at these third party sites. The Company has established reasonable precautions to protect collected Personal Information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction, which include contractual, administrative, physical, and technical steps. Technical measures include use of firewall protection and in some instances may include encryption technology. Although the Company takes reasonable precautions to assess the reliability of such technology, it relies on the statements of the vendors of those products and services as part of its security evaluation. Please note that although the Company has endeavored to create a secure and reliable Website for users, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from the Website cannot be guaranteed.

The Company urges you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet.

You have the right at any time to request changes to your Personal Information that the Company has collected, including the removal of your Personal Information from the Company's databases using any of the following options: (a) send your request via e-mail to:; (b) send your request by regular mail to: Houghton Intl Inc., PO Box 930, Valley Forge, PA 19403 USA Attn: Legal Department. Complete removal may not be immediate, however, and in some instances, archival copies may be impossible to delete. If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement or about the Company's handling of your information, please contact: