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Prism is an institutional repository for the research and scholarly output of Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

Prism Privacy Statement

Prism Privacy Statement


The Prism repository from Galter Health Sciences Library exists to carry out the mission of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

The Prism repository does not collect personal information about you when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide that information to us. If you do choose to provide personal information, the information you submit to the repository's website is only shared with another agency, such as a vendor, if the inquiry relates to that agency, or is otherwise required by law. The repository does not  share information with private organizations. The repository does not collect information for commercial marketing.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

When you visit the Prism repository website, information about your visit will be gathered and stored automatically. 

Information that is automatically collected and stored includes:

  • Information about the searches you perform, items you view, and other actions you perform. This includes your IP address, the date and time of the action, your user identification (if logged in), the address of the last website visited before linking to the repository, the actions performed (including any page views, downloads, outlinks, and internal searches), the type of browser and operating system used to access the repository.
  • Your identity, when you log in. At a minimum, this includes a pseudonymous identifier, your name, your Northwestern NetID, your Northwestern email, and your institutional affiliation, if any. 
  • Information about you and the items in communities you create or join. When you create or join a community, your name, email, user identifier, and the items you add to the community are known to repository administrators. This information will be visible to others, though you can choose to make your profile and/or your email private. 

This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and to identify system performance or problem areas. We also use this information to help us expand the coverage of the site, to analyze patterns of usage, and to make the site more useful.

Personally-Provided Information

If you choose to provide us with personal information by sending an email, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it through our website, we use that information to respond to your message and to help us provide you with information or material that you request.

The Prism repository will store any information you enter or action you perform on the repository's website. You can choose not to provide certain information, but in such case you will not be able to take advantage of many of the repository website's features. We use the information that you provide for such purposes as customizing your personalized repository profile, recommending resources, improving our website, and communicating with you.


A "cookie" is a small file that the website transfers to your computer's hard disk, allowing our server to "remember" specific information about your session. The cookie and the information about your session will be destroyed automatically shortly after you close your browser - it is not permanently stored on your computer. Long-term cookies may also be stored on your computer in order to streamline the authentication process when re-visiting the site.  This function can be disabled at your request.

Links to Other Sites
The Prism repository website provides links to other Internet sites. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. 


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