Cookie Policy

Northern Trust (‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) use a variety of cookies across all of our websites (‘sites’). We do this to provide you with the most secure and effective way of viewing pages on our sites.  In general, cookies:

  • Allow our sites to work as expected, and keep it secure;
  • Help us understand how you prefer to use our sites;
  • Make our sites easier to use by remembering certain information you've entered;
  • Improve your experience by showing you information relevant to you

This policy (‘Cookie Policy’) explains what cookies are, how we use them, how they affect you and what you can do if don’t wish to accept some or all of the cookies we use on our sites.

Please read this policy in conjunction with our Consumer Privacy Policy.

What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are placed on your computer, smartphone, tablet or other means (‘device’) to access the internet, whenever you visit most sites. Cookies are then sent back to the originating site on each subsequent visit, or to another site that recognises the cookie.

Cookies are useful because they allow us to recognise your device. They do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your overall experience of our sites.

Cookies may be used to record details of pages relating to particular products and services you have looked at on our sites. This is to provide us with data to allow us to improve our sites and to provide you with information you may be interested in.

Cookies can also be used to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how you move around our sites when you’re using them. This helps us improve the way our sites works, for example by making sure you can find what you need easily.

You can find more information about cookies at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.

What sort of cookies do we use?
There are two types of cookie we use on our sites:

  • Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your device until you close your browser (at which point they are deleted)
  • Persistent or stored cookies remain permanently on the cookie file of your computer, unless you choose to delete them

Both types of cookie can either be first party i.e. owned by us or third party i.e. owned by a trusted affiliate of ours.

What is the difference between first and third party cookies?
Whether a cookie is first or third party depends on which site the cookie comes from. First party cookies are those set by us when you visit any of our sites. All other cookies are third party cookies.

We use both first party and third party cookies, which you can read more about in our list of the cookies below.

How do we use cookies and what do they do?
The cookies used on this site fall into one of three categories, based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide to cookie categories. They are Strictly Necessary, Performance and Functionality. There is a fourth called Profile and Targeting, but we do not use this category of cookie on any of our sites.

Strictly necessary
These cookies are essential to help you move around our sites and use the functionality, such as accessing secure areas of our site. Without these cookies, certain features and functionality will not be available to you.

Cookie Name
This cookie is used to help us load pages you would like to view faster. It is also used for our sites requiring a login to verify your device. The information used to do this is not collected and is not logged for tracking, sales or marketing purposes
This cookie is used to help us understand the time it takes for you to log in to your Northern Trust online account. The information used to do this is not collected and is not logged for tracking, sales or marketing purposes
Specifically for European institutional asset management site visitors, we use this cookie to record that they have accepted and agreed to the terms and conditions to view the pages available in this section

Performance and functionality cookies
These cookies give you extra functionality, such as being able to ask us to remember your preferences. They also let us monitor how our website is performing so we can take steps to improve it.

Cookie Name
We sometimes use this cookie to remember certain sections of our site you visited and redirect you there the next time you visit. The information used to do this is not collected and is not logged for tracking, sales or marketing purposes
s_cc, SC_LINKS, s_sq, s_vi, sc_utc, BCSI-CS-CC30F11D7A793D8F, ut
Our analytics tool, Adobe SiteCatalyst, uses cookies, log file data and embedded code to gather data about your visits to our sites. This data is collected on our behalf and we use it to help improve the usability and experience we provide to you
We use this cookie to understand how many times you come to the site specifically to use certain functionality, such as logging in to their Northern Trust online account
We sometimes use this cookie to remember the country or regional home page you visited and redirect you there the next time you visit. The information used to do this is not collected and is not logged for tracking, sales or marketing purposes
atgotcode, __atuvc
AddThis provide these third-party cookies. They store information about your preferred sharing methods (e.g. using the Facebook Like button a lot, will show that button first in the future for easier access)
This is a Google Analytics (third-party) cookie and keeps track of the number of times you have been to the site, when your first visit was, and when your last visit occurred
__utmb, __utmc
Both are Google Analytics (third-party) cookies, working together to calculate how long a visit takes. __utmb takes a timestamp of when you enter a site, while __utmc takes a timestamp of when you leave a site. __utmb is deleted at the end of the session. __utmc waits 30 minutes, and is then deleted

Profile and Targeting
These cookies contain a unique key that can distinguish individual users’ browsing habits or store a code that can be translated into to a set of browsing habits or preferences using information stored elsewhere.

We do not currently use any type of profiling or targeting cookie on any of our sites.

Can I prevent my preferred browser from accepting cookies?
The web browsers of most devices are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your web browser to disable cookies or to let you know when a site is attempting to add a cookie. You can also delete cookies that have previously been added to your device's cookie file.

For more information on how to modify your browser settings, identify your browser and click on the link to review:

Microsoft Internet Explorer (any version)

Mozilla Firefox


Google Chrome

If you choose to turn on the do-not-track (DNT) and block third party cookies command or to block all cookies, Northern Trust will not send cookies to the browser you modified or to third parties.

If you disable session cookies, you will still be able to view most of the pages on our sites, but you may not be able to log into any secure pages i.e. those which require a username and password.

Please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/ to find out how to disable and delete cookies.

Is there anything else I should know about cookies?
By using our sites you agree to us placing certain types of cookies described in this policy on your device; however, if you choose to, you can block these cookies using your browser settings.

Cookies cannot retrieve information from your device which tells us about you or your family and, unless you have logged in to a secure part of the site, cookies cannot be used to identify who you are.

Cookies cannot be used by anyone else who has access to your device to find out anything about you, other than someone using the same device has visited a certain site. Cookies do not compromise the security of your device.

Cookies will not be used to contact you for any sales or marketing purposes.