Cookies Policy

Northwestern Medicine Cookies Policy

Effective Date: December 3, 2018

Our Use of Cookies

We may use cookies and related data collection technologies (“cookies”) to provide services, gather information when users navigate through our website located at and other Northwestern Medicine websites and mobile applications that link to this Cookies Policy (collectively, the “Sites”), to enhance and personalize the experience, to understand usage patterns, and to improve our Sites, products, and services.

A cookie is a string of information, including a unique reference code, that a website stores on a visitor’s computer or mobile device when visiting that website, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. A number of cookies we use will last only for the duration of your web session and expire when you close your browser. Other cookies last longer and may be used to recognize your computer or mobile device when you return to the Sites.

The cookies you receive from the Sites are served by Northwestern Medicine. However some cookies served by us use code provided by a third party delivering analytical services on our behalf. We and our service providers may use the following categories of cookies:

  • Essential Cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with features available through our Sites and to use some of their features, such as contact forms. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Sites, you cannot refuse them without impacting how our Sites function.
  • Performance and Functionality Cookies: These cookies are used to enhance the performance and functionality of our Sites but are non-essential to their use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality may become unavailable.
  • Analytics and Customization Cookies: These cookies collect information that is used to help us understand how our Sites are being used or how effective our marketing activities are, or to help us customize our Sites for you in order to enhance your experience.
  • Persistent Cookies: These record your visit to our Sites, recognize you as a previous visitor and track your activity on the Sites. These cookies qualify as persistent cookies, because they remain on your device for us to use during a next visit to our Sites. You can delete these cookies via your browser settings. See below for further details on how you can control persistent cookies.

Managing Cookies

If you do not consent to the use of cookies when you visit our Sites, and you have not previously consent on this browser or device, then Northwestern Medicine will only obtain aggregated, anonymous data about the country you are located in during your session (your IP address will be masked).

If you prefer, your browser may have functionality to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can review your Internet browser settings, typically under the sections “Help” or “Internet Options”, to exercise choices you have for certain cookies.

Please note that by blocking or deleting cookies used on the Sites, you may not be able to take full advantage of the Sites. Additionally, if you delete your cookies or upgrade your browser after having opted out, you will need to opt out again. Further, if you use multiple browsers or devices you will need to opt out on each browser or device.

You can also learn more about how to manage all cookies across different types of browsers by visiting The site includes additional useful information on cookies. Cookie management tools are device and browser specific and may not work on all devices.

To learn more about the use of cookies by Google for analytics and to exercise choice regarding those cookies, please visit the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Please note that new services using cookies may be added to the Sites from time to time. Accordingly, this Cookies Policy is subject to occasional revisions. We will notify you of changes by posting the new Cookies Policy on the Sites. Such changes to the Cookies Policy will become effective when posted. Please review this Cookies Policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

For additional information about Northwestern Medicine’s privacy practices, please review our Privacy Policy.

You can also manage your cookie settings by clicking on Manage Settings below. Please note that some other sites, such as subdomains, that you can access through our sites may not support cookie preferences. That means that your settings on this site will not affect cookies on those sites. Your browser also may give you the option to reject cookies. If you choose to reject cookies, some features of our sites may not work for you.

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