Cookie Notice

Cookie Notice


Last Updated and Effective Date: May 21, 2024

This Cookie Notice explains how Southwestern uses cookies and similar tracking technologies when you visit our Site or use our products and services. We encourage you to read the full Cookie Notice to understand how we use cookies and your related choices. We will generally refer to cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies collectively as “cookies” in this Cookie Notice.

To make it simple, we use the same terms as defined in our Privacy Notice. Any new terms will be defined below. This Cookie Notice should be read together with our Privacy Notice.

Effective Date and Changes to this Cookie Notice

Like the Privacy Notice, this Cookie Notice is effective as of the “Last Updated and Effective Date” above and will remain in effect except with respect to any provisions that are changed in the future. Southwestern may make changes to this Cookie Notice from time to time and will notify you by posting a revised version on the Site. Any changes will be effective immediately upon their posting to the Site or upon you being otherwise notified. You are expected to check this page regularly so you are aware of any changes, as they are binding on you. Your continued use of our products, services, or the Site following the posting of a revised Cookie Notice means that you accept and agree to the changes. We will also revise the date found at the beginning of this Cookie Notice when we post changes to it.

What are Cookies?

A cookie is a text file containing small amounts of information sent by a web server and placed on your computer. There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. A session cookie lasts while your browser is open and is automatically deleted when you close your browser. A persistent cookie lasts until you or your browser deletes the cookies, or they expire.

How We Use Cookies

Like most website providers, Southwestern uses cookies in order to do things like help us improve our Site and understand how you engage with web content. You can find out more about the cookies we use in the table below.

Category of Cookies Why We Use These Cookies
Essential These cookies are essential to provide you with the Site. For example, we use these cookies to implement your preferences when you make a selection from our cookie banner.
Targeted Advertising We use these cookies to deliver advertisements and to help us conduct marketing. They help make advertising more relevant to you and your interests, and to measure efficiency of advertising communications and marketing campaigns. These cookies include cross-context behavioral and targeted advertising cookies. For example, these cookies remember that you have visited a website and this information may be shared with other organizations such as third party advertisers.
Personalization We use these cookies to allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your username, language, or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features.
Analytics We use these cookies to understand how visitors interact with our Site by collecting anonymous information about them.

Cookies We Use

Southwestern uses the cookies listed at the Cookie Preferences link at the bottom of the Sites for our subsidiaries and related entities. If you would like to learn more about the specific cookies used by any Site, please visit the applicable Cookie Preferences link.

Your Cookie Rights and Choices

If you do not want the Site to collect information through the use of cookies, you have a few options. If you choose to disable or opt-out of certain cookies, you may experience some loss of function or availability throughout our products or services.

  • Via our cookie management tool: You can manage and configure your cookie privacy preferences with us anytime by clicking the Cookie Preferences link on our Site.
  • Via your browser settings: You may opt out by broadcasting an opt-out preference signal, such as the Global Privacy Control (GPC) (on the browsers and/or browser extensions that support such a signal). You can enable a GPC signal on your browser or otherwise use the browser or device that you are using to view this site to enable, disable, or delete first and third-party cookies.
  • Third Party Opt-Outs: As described in this Cookie Notice, Southwestern uses cookies from third-party analytics and marketing service providers to collect information about its Site, products, services, the effectiveness of its marketing campaigns, and other operations. For example, we use the User-ID feature of Google Analytics to combine behavioral information across devices and sessions (including authenticated and unauthenticated sessions) on our Site. These third parties, including Google Analytics, provide users the ability to opt-out of their cookies.

Please note that to disable marketing cookies, some third parties may need to set an opt-out cookie on your device. Sometimes a device’s configuration may prevent such third parties from setting such cookies, for example, if your device is set to block all third-party cookies by default. This means that you may need to change your device settings to accept cookies to fully disable marketing cookies.

Additionally, even if you choose opt-out of cookies, you may still see advertisements while browsing online. However, the advertisements may be less relevant to you and your interests.

“Do Not Track” signals are similar in function to Global Privacy Control in that they make options available on your browser to tell operators of websites that you do not wish to have your online activity tracked. However, this technology has not been universally adopted and functionality across the internet is inconsistent. Therefore, our Site operates no differently if these “Do Not Track” signals are enabled or disabled.