Updated May 8, 2019


The Kennedy Krieger Institute ("Kennedy Krieger" or “the Institute”) (also referred to as "we", "us", and "our") respects the online privacy of its members and other visitors ("you") to this www.KennedyKrieger.org (the "Site") and our other websites, Helpkids.KennedyKrieger.org, FestivalOfTrees.KennedyKrieger.org, and SupportUs.KennedyKrieger.org (collectively, the "Sites").

This Cookies and Similar Technologies Policy (the "Policy") describes the information we collect through the use of cookies and similar technologies, how and why we use cookies and similar technologies, how our third party business partners use cookies and similar technologies, and ways you can opt out of using cookies and similar technologies. Our Privacy Policy, of which this Policy is part, is available at https://www.kennedykrieger.org/about-us/policies-standards/privacy-policy and provides further information about our privacy practices.

What Is A Cookie?

A "cookie" is a small text file stored on your device when you use a website (Adobe’s line). created by a web server that can be stored on a user's device for use either during a particular ("session" cookie) or future ("persistent" cookie) browsing session. This file may include information about internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), URLs of any referring or exited webpages, operating system, and/or date and time stamps.

Kennedy Krieger uses cookies to enable certain website functions, develop web browsing analytics, store and track your preferences, and enable the delivery of advertising and marketing, when applicable. For example, we track the number of “hits” or visits to our Websites, the most popular times of day and sections visited, and the range of devices and browsers most commonly used to view the Websites. Kennedy Krieger does not sell any of this information to third parties.

First-Party Cookies

First-party cookies are set by the website you are visiting, and they can only be read by that site. Certain features of our Website use session and persistent cookies.

"Session" cookies are temporarily stored on your hard drive and only last until they expire at the end of your browsing session or after a set time period. Our Website's session cookies are set to expire in 12 hours and are required for log in to access secure areas of the Website and to process e-commerce transactions. "Permanent" cookies remain stored on a user's hard drive until they expire or are deleted by a user. We use permanent browser cookies on our Website for log-in purposes and to recover certain preferences set for use by you during repeated visits to our Website. They are set to time out within 6 months.

Third-Party Cookies

You also may encounter third-party cookies on our Website. Third-Party Cookies are cookies that are stored on your web browser by a party other than Kennedy Krieger and may gather browsing activity (such as information you have entered or choices you have made) across numerous websites that you visit and across numerous browsing sessions. These cookies also help improve how Kennedy Krieger’s Websites and services function and perform, customize your interaction with our Websites, and help provide more relevant messaging and marketing communications to you. The Institute is currently using third-party cookies for a range of purposes, as described below under “HOW DOES KENNEDY KRIEGER USE COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES.” If you wish to delete Third-Party Cookies, you should adjust your browser settings as described in the "CHOICES ABOUT HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR INFORMATION" section of this Policy.

Kennedy Krieger also uses third-party ad targeting to display ads for the Institute’s programs and services that may be of interest to you and to track the performance of the advertisements. This service is able to follow users to third-party websites not affiliated with Kennedy Krieger and displays ads when users visit those other sites. For example, our Website uses Addthis social media cookies to allow you to share content from our Website across your social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others. If you browse the internet while signed into a social network, that network may have the ability to collect information about the websites you are visiting, including ours. To view Addthis' privacy policy, visit http://www.addthis.com/privacy/privacy-policy.

If you like more detailed information about first-party and third-party cookies in use on or related to this Website, please contact us. You also may learn more about internet advertising practices and related consumer resources at http://www.aboutads.info/consumers/ and http://youronlinechoices.eu/ (if you are located in Europe).

How Does Kennedy Krieger Use Cookies And Similar Technologies?

Like most websites, as you navigate through and interact with our Website, we may passively collect information about your browsing activities using cookies and other automatic data collection technologies, such as Internet tags, or web beacons (clear gifs., pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs), and navigational data collection (log files, server logs, etc.), to improve website functionality and analytics.

  • Web Beacons: These are tiny graphics (sometimes called "clear GIFs" or "web pixels" with a unique identifier that are used to understand browsing activity. In contract to cookies, which are stored on a user's computer hard drive, web beacons are rendered invisible on web pages when you open a page.
  • Social Widgets: These are buttons or icons provided by third-party social media providers that allow you to interact with those social media services when you view a web page or mobile app screen. These social widgets may collect browsing data, which may be received by the third party that provided the widget and are controlled by third parties.
  • UTM Codes: These are strings that can appear in a URL (the "Uniform Resource Locator", which is typically the http or https address entered to go to a web page) when a user moves from one web page or website to another, where the string can represent information about browsing, such as which advertisement, page, or publisher sent the user to the receiving website.

The aggregate data collected by these passive technologies typically does not target any personally identifying information (PII) or other personal data, but personal information we store about you may be linked to information stored in and obtained from cookies in order to improve our marketing, analytics, or website functionality.

Location Information

When you use our Sites, we may collect information about your use of our Sites and services for advertising, analytics, to serve content and to protect our Sites and services. Location information collected may include your Internet Protocol (IP) address, internet tags, GPS, Wi-Fi, cellular technology, Radio-frequency identification (RFID), Bluetooth or other beacon technology or other similar location-tracking technologies.

Tracking Technologies

In addition to cookies, there are other similar technologies used by Kennedy Krieger on the Site. These include:

Google Analytics and Optimize:

We use Google Analytics, Google Optimize and similar technologies (the “Analytics Technologies”) to collect and process statistical data about the number of people using our Website and to better understand how they find and use our webpages. This does not include personally identifiable information, nor do we store or associate such analytics with personally identifiable information collected elsewhere. You may learn more about Google Analytics and the performance tracking cookies that it uses by visiting https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/ as well as Google's restrictions on data use by visiting the Google Privacy Policy at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy. To opt-out of Google Analytics, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout and install the opt-out browser add-on feature. For more details, visit the “Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on” page (located at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/181881?hl=en).

Google Ads and Remarketing

Kennedy Krieger is using remarketing technology to advertise online. This means that Google and other advertisers may use your past visits to this website to serve you Kennedy Krieger’s ads on other websites across the Internet. You can opt out of Google's use of cookies by visiting Google's Ads Settings. Alternatively, you opt out of other advertising vendor's use of cookies by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

Facebook Pixel

Kennedy Krieger is using the Facebook Pixel to connect user behavior on our website with the ads our users click on the Facebook platform. This data helps us to ensure that our advertising messages are seen by people who are most interested in our offerings. Facebook will receive this data. Facebook offers you choices about how your information is used on their platform. For more information, see “Advertising Basics” or the Facebook Data Policy.


CallTrackingMetrics shows unique phone numbers on this website based on the source of a user’s visit. They use cookies to show the same unique phone number to a website visitor over a 30-day period. These cookies provide information about the advertising source that led to the visit, the pages viewed by the visitor, advertising data, IP Address, browser and location.

Hotjar analytics

We use Hotjar in order to better understand our users’ needs and to optimize this service and experience. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us better understand our users experience (e.g. how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, what users do and don’t like, etc.) and this enables us to build and maintain our service with user feedback. Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on our users’ behavior and their devices (in particular device's IP address (captured and stored only in anonymized form), device screen size, device type (unique device identifiers), browser information, geographic location (country only), preferred language used to display our website). Hotjar stores this information in a pseudonymized user profile. Neither Hotjar nor we will ever use this information to identify individual users or to match it with further data on an individual user. For further details, please see Hotjar’s privacy policy by clicking on this link.

You can opt-out to the creation of a user profile, Hotjar’s storing of data about your usage of our site and Hotjar’s use of tracking cookies on other websites by following this opt-out link.

Other Third-Party Technologies

Some third parties may use automated data collection technologies to collect information about you when you when you browse the internet. The information they collect about your online browsing activities over time and across different websites and other online services may be associated with your personal information and used to provide you with targeted content. We do not control these third parties' technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about targeted content, you should contact the responsible party directly or consult their privacy policies.

Examples of third-party technologies in use on our website:

Auto-Donation.com provides a form that allows individuals to submit a request to donate their car to support Kennedy Krieger Institute. They us cookies to see how and when their form is visited and by how many people. They do not collect personally identifiable information, unless you choose to donate your car through their form, which is embedded on our site. Auto-Donation.com Privacy Policy

Flickr.com hosts images that we share through slideshows that appear on our Sites. Flickr Cookies Policy

Google Maps is used to provide location information. Your use of Google Maps is subject to the current Google Maps/Google Earth Additional Terms of Service and the Google Privacy Policy.

ICIMS provide software to share job openings at the Institute and operates a separate website that we link to. ICIMS Privacy Policy

Issuu.com provides a tool for viewing printed publications in a web browser. Issuu tracks only reads, impressions and read time from embeds. No personal information is being collected and tracked. Issuu Cookie Policy.

Localist is an event management system used on our site to provide event posting, registration, and notification features. Localist Privacy Policy

Luminate is a fundraising platform owned by Blackbaud that provides donation pages, charitable event registration, and team fundraising websites for the Institute. Blackbaud Privacy Policy

MatchingGifts.com, a Site of HEP Development Services, Inc., helps donors to look up whether their employer may provide matching funds for their donation. HEP Development Terms of Use

New Relic is a software we use to ensure the continuous functioning of the website. New Relic Privacy Policy

TaggBox.com provides a tool that allows users to view social media feeds within this website. TaggBox Privacy Policy

Twitter provides a view of content on their platform in the form of a timeline. Learn more and adjust your privacy settings at Twitter for Websites – Ad Info and Privacy.

YouTube.com provides a tool that allows you to view a video hosted by YouTube while viewing our Sites. YouTube is an ad-supported platform, and uses cookies to track your viewing to serve ads that match your interests. You may update your YouTube account privacy settings or read more on Google’s Privacy Policy.

Choices About How We Use And Disclose Your Information

We provide you with choices regarding the personal information you provide to us and have created ways to give you control over our use of your information. Most web browsers are set by default to accept cookies. If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to refuse all or some types of cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent by website tracking technologies and advertising. Note that, if the user declines the use of cookies, the user may not have access to the full benefits of the Website.

When a user registers with our Website, the Website will prompt the user to confirm whether he or she approves of the use of a cookie. You may adjust your browser settings to opt out of accepting a "persistent" cookie and to only accept "session" cookies, but will need to log in each time you want to enjoy the full functionality of the Website.

Please be aware that adjusting the Cookie Settings on our Website may not fully delete all of the cookies that have already been created. To delete them, visit your web browser settings after you have changed your Cookie Settings on our Website.

Additional information is provided below about how to disable cookies or manage the cookie settings for the leading web browser providers:

Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en

Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies

Safari: http://help.apple.com/safari/mac/8.0/#/sfri11471

For more information on how to modify your browser settings to block or filter cookies, visit http://www.aboutcookies.org/ or http://www.cookiecentral.com/faq/.

Changes To This Policy

It is our policy to post any changes we make to this Policy on this webpage. If we make material changes to how we treat our users' personal information, we will notify you by posting on our Website home page as well or provide notification via email, if appropriate. The date this policy was last revised is identified at the top of this page.

We encourage you to review this Policy from time to time to stayed informed about how we use cookies and other similar technologies.

How To Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about this Policy, please contact us using one of the methods listed below:

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205

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