Cookies Notice

Last Updated: December 5, 2022

This Cookies Notice (the “Notice”) explains how the J. Paul Getty Trust (the “Getty”) uses cookies, pixels, and other similar technologies to better understand how you use and interact with websites that link to this Notice (the “Sites”). It explains what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

1. What Are Cookies?


Cookies are text files that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website and store certain information about website usage. They are useful because they allow websites to recognize a user's device. The term “cookie” is used in this Notice in the broad sense to include all similar techniques and technology, including web beacons, pixels, and log files. For more information on how cookies work, go to All About Cookies.org.

2. Types of Information Collected and Reasons for Collection


Cookies help us to better understand your use of our Sites and, as a result, allow us, among other things, to offer our web visitors a more personalized and consistent experience. Here are examples of the types of information that we collect through cookies:

  • The number of users visiting the Sites, the frequency with which the Sites are viewed, the pages viewed, the clicks made on the Sites and the total duration of navigation;
  • The name of the website visited prior to the Sites;
  • Whether you are visiting our Sites for the first time or not;
  • Your viewing preferences (e.g. layout, sizing preferences, language, etc.);
  • Your type of browser used and your IP address, so that we can identify you during your next visits.

Note that we do not collect your name or email address through cookies.

In addition, cookies allow us to do the following:

  • Customize your visit: We may use information collected during your visit to facilitate your next visit to our Sites.
  • Customize the content and messages that appear on the Sites, whether ours or those of third parties: This involves, for example, identifying the features of our Sites that interest you.
  • Analyze customer trends: We compile information on our Site visits and analyze them as a whole in aggregated form. This type of study aims to identify trends among many visitors to our Sites, rather than analyze the information of a particular visitor.
  • Engage in online advertising: We can use information about visitors to our Sites to better target advertising for the Getty on other sites.

3. Types of Cookies We Use


We use first-party and third-party cookies for several reasons:

  • First-party cookies: These cookies are created by us. They are, for the most part, used to allow you to browse our Sites and use its features. They may also assist in analytics activities.
  • Third-party cookies: In addition to our proprietary cookies, some third-party companies may place cookies on your browsers, access them, and associate web beacons with them. These cookies enable third-party features or functionalities to be provided on or through the Sites. The parties that set these third-party cookies can recognize your device both when it visits our Sites and also when it visits certain other websites.

The cookies we use can either be temporary or permanent. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons for our Sites to operate and/or provide basic functionality to you, and we refer to these as “strictly necessary” cookies. Other cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our users and to enhance the experience on our Sites. The specific types of first- and third-party cookies served through our Sites and the purposes they perform are described in more detail as follows:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Sites and cannot be turned off. These cookies allow you to use some of the Site’s features, such as access to secure areas where payments can be made.
  • Functional cookies: These cookies allow you to browse our Sites or benefit from some enhanced features, such as memorizing language preferences. Similar to strictly necessary cookies, if these cookies are disabled, it could impact your experience to use some Site functionality, such as your set preferences.
  • Analytics cookies: These cookies allow us or our third-party analytics providers to collect information and statistics on the use of the Sites by you and other visitors. Thanks to this information, we are able to improve the features offered on our Sites.
  • Targeting cookies: These cookies, provided by our third-party advertising partners, collect information about your browsing habits, and your usage of our Sites. This information allows us and our third-party advertising providers to display relevant content and advertisements on our Sites and other sites you visit.

To refuse these various types of cookies, please follow the instructions below under the section “Cookie management."

4. Cookie Management


You can exercise your preference to receive all types of cookies by managing cookies from your web browser. As the means by which to activate or deactivate cookies varies from one web browser to another, you should visit your web browser’s help menu for more information on cookie preferences. You can also configure your browser at any time to be notified of the receipt of a cookie, so that you can decide whether you want to accept it or not. Cookies do not under any circumstances read the data from your hard drive and you can delete them from your computer at any time. At the moment, it is technically impossible for you to synchronize your settings between your browsers and your devices (your computer or your smartphone). You must set them on each browser/device that you currently use and each time you use a new browser or device. Please note that if you choose to disable or deactivate cookies, this will apply to all cookies and have the consequences on Site functionality discussed in the section “Consequences of deactivation of all cookies” below.

Targeting cookies: If you are interested in more information about tailored online advertising and how you can generally control cookies from being put on your computer to deliver tailored advertising, you may visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s Consumer Opt-Out link, the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer Opt-Out link, or Your Online Choices to opt-out of receiving tailored advertising from companies that participate in those programs.

5. Consequences of Deactivation of All Cookies


If you choose to deactivate cookies, you may continue to use certain parts of our Sites. However, some useful features may not work anymore, depending on which cookies you deactivate. For example, the Sites and their content may not be as relevant to your preferences. Please note that if you have disabled one or more cookies, we may continue to use the information that was collected by such cookies before they were deactivated. However, we will cease to collect any information via the opted-out cookie once a cookie has been deactivated.

6. Changes to the Cookies Notice


This Notice may be revised occasionally. Any changes made will be reflected on this Site. Please revisit this Notice regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies. If you have any questions, please contact us as explained below.

7. Contact Us


If you have questions about the use of cookies on our Sites, do not hesitate to contact us by email at web@getty.edu. You can also find more general information about the types of information we collect about you and how you may exercise your data privacy rights in our Privacy Policy.