Your information privacy is as important to us as it is to you. The Plastics
Exchange has implemented this privacy statement to express our commitment to
privacy. In this policy, we illustrate specifically how The Plastics Exchange
protects and respects your privacy and why you can trust us. In this policy we
detail procedures for gathering and disseminating information through our
be posted on this page so that you are always aware of the information we
collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.
Types of information we collect
Financial information (including banking information)
When you register to become a member we must know the business name, address,
telephone and fax number(s), email address and other such information such as
federal and state tax I.D. number, company organization (i.e. partnership,
corporation etc). This information is used to complete your transaction,
administer membership, billing and other clerical functions. We do not share
this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to
complete your transaction.
Company information can /include personally identifiable information,
specifically names and job titles/functions. This information is needed to
administer the exchange, as we need to know the users of the plastic exchange
system. We do not share personal information with any other third parties
except when required by law.
Financial information /Bank information
Refers to banking and other such financial information such as account numbers
and references supplied to the exchange. This information is used solely for
the purpose of receiving a line of credit as required by the exchange. No
financial information is ever passed on to anyone other than our credit
partners as required under warranted confidentiality agreements
Shipping and receiving information
Refers to shipping and receiving addresses and instructions. The exchange uses
the information solely to distribute product bought and sold on the exchange.
Under agreement, our shipping partner(s) will not disclose contra-shipping
information; this is to keep the exchange anonymous.
The Plastics Exchange will never sell, rent loan or giveaway the information we
gather on our members to any third party including marketers unless required by
contract or law (see below). We never share any information with other exchange
members. We never use information gathered for our own sales and marketing
Who we share information with
The Plastics Exchange shares information with companies that work with us.
Under confidentiality agreements, The Plastics Exchange has partnered with
several companies to integrate functions such as credit and shipping. All of
these companies work together to make the exchange a robust and integrated
experience. We only share the information necessary. For example our shipping
partner would need shipping information but would not be entitle to banking
Information may be exchanged with credit bureaus and other similar
organizations in connection with credit approval.
If The Plastics Exchange receives a subpoena or similar legal process demanding
release of any information about an exchange member, we will generally attempt
to notify the party concerned (unless we believe we are prohibited from doing
Except as required by law or as described above The Plastics Exchange does not
share information with other parties including government agencies.
We may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to
administer our site.
A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web
This site may contain links to other sites and The Plastics Exchange makes all
reasonable efforts to only link to sites that share our high standards and
respect for privacy. However, we are not responsible for the content or the
privacy practices used by other sites.
When applying for exchange membership online it is done in strict confidence in
a secure session established with Secure Socket Layer (SSL see below).
After an application has been submitted online, we recommend that a prospective
member end his or her browser session before leaving the computer.
We use the information provided in the account application to grant membership
to the exchange. Membership to the exchange requires a line of credit as
approved by the exchange credit partners.
The Plastics Exchange has implemented security measures to protect its members
information from loss, misuse and alteration. We have taken steps to prevent
unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and sure correct use of
information. These steps /include certain physical, electronic and managerial
procedures to safeguard and secure the information The Plastics Exchange
possesses. In order to increase safety from interception or theft over the
Internet, our secure server software uses a state of the art 128 secure socket
layer (SSL) encryption. This technology encrypts- or scrambles- your
information so it is virtually impossible for anyone other than The Plastics
Exchange to read it. (See VeriSign certificate) We use industry standard
firewall and password protection systems. An internal team composed of both
computer professionals as well as senior management periodically reviews our
security system and policy. We constantly upgrade our security systems to
ensure that we use the best and most current technology to provide a secure
environment for the exchange members data.
The commerce section (Trading Floor) is located in a password protected area of
our website. Members are supplied with a password that they have chosen when
they apply for membership. We recommend that members never share their password
with anyone. If members share a computer we suggest that they sign out of The
Plastics Exchange before another person uses their computer.
Plastics Exchange employees will never ask members for their password. We
suggest that members periodically change their password. In the event a member
forgets their password, members should call Membership Services (312.202.0002).
A systems administrator will generate an email to the email address on file
with the password.
At no point in that process does any Plastics Exchange employee see your
Ultimately, however the exchange members are solely responsible for maintaining
the secrecy of passwords and/or account information. Please be careful and
responsible whenever you are online.
An exchange member usually is a representative for a company. An exchange
member can be one person or several. You should know: ALL transactions
initiated by an exchange member using information the member provides are
considered authorized by that exchange member, whether or not they were aware
of the specific transaction. You may revoke this authority only by notifying
the plastic exchange, and we may need to block your account until we reissue
new access codes.
How to contact us
The Plastics Exchange
710 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60654