Stanford Health

Part of the adult health care delivery system of Stanford Medicine.


Stanford Health Care, along with Stanford Health Care Tri-Valley and Stanford Medicine Partners, is part of the adult health care delivery system of Stanford Medicine.

Personal data collected

Stanford University collects personal data from users in various ways when they interact with their sites. This includes website account registration, where they gather names, contact information, and alumni status. Additionally, for those requesting brochures or other information, Stanford collects names and contact details. When purchasing tickets to events, they collect names, Stanford Unique IDs (if available), and contact information.

Furthermore, Stanford University automatically collects certain information when users access their websites, such as internet domain, IP address, operating system, browser information, date and time of site access, and pages visited. This also includes data on users’ interaction with interest-based advertisements on Stanford’s sites, utilizing technologies like web beacons, pixels, ad tags, cookies, and mobile identifiers.

Sensitive Personal Information is also collected, which encompasses data like racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, health information, and information concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.

Lastly, Stanford University uses cookies for site functionality and user experience enhancement. Users have the option to block or decline cookies, which may impact the accessibility and functionality of the sites.

Personal data usage

Stanford University utilizes the data collected for various purposes:

  • Facilitate Website Access and Services:
    • For users who register on their websites, Stanford uses the collected data to facilitate registration and access to site features.
    • When users request brochures or other information, or purchase tickets to events, their information is used to process these requests and transactions.
  • Enhance User Experience:
    • Stanford employs data collected from website interactions for interest-based advertising, enhancing the user’s experience by showing relevant advertisements.
    • The effectiveness of advertisements is monitored, and Stanford controls how often an advertisement is displayed.
    • They determine which advertisements might interest users based on the information from activities such as searching on their sites or visiting sites that contain Stanford’s content or ads.
  • Statistical and Analytical Purposes:
    • The university uses tools like Google Analytics to operate their sites more efficiently, gather demographic information, and monitor site activity levels.
  • Fraud Prevention and Security:
    • Personal information is shared internally at Stanford and with third parties engaged by Stanford to process personal information for purposes such as marketing, application processing, and web hosting.
    • This also includes sharing data with government and law enforcement agencies or regulators to comply with legal processes, enforce policies, or defend against legal claims.
  • International Data Transfer:
    • For users outside of the United States, personal information may be transferred to countries like the U.S., where data protection laws may differ. Stanford takes reasonable steps to protect privacy in accordance with applicable data protection laws​

Cookies and Similar Technologies

Stanford University employs cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies for various functions on their websites:

  • Types of Cookies:
    • Session Cookies: Used to recognize log-on IDs and avoid duplicate registration records. These cookies are erased when the browser is closed and help users stay logged in while browsing different pages of the website. They also store login information, enable specific features like rate calculators, retain shopping cart information, and collect referral statistics.
    • Persistent Cookies: These remain on the computer longer than session cookies and are erased after a set time limit. They track website usage, identify repeat visitors, and gauge the usefulness of different website aspects. These cookies last for a specified duration after the last visit, such as 30 days.
  • IP Masking with Google Analytics:
    • Stanford University uses IP masking to prevent Google Analytics from seeing the exact IP address of website users.
  • Functionality and Security:
    • Cookies enable functionalities like automatic log-in, customization of the website based on user interests and needs, and ensuring account security. Log-off function cookies automatically log users off after a period of inactivity.
  • Third-Party Cookies:
    • Third parties may place cookies on users’ computers to track advertisement usage. These cookies persist for a defined period, such as up to 5 years, and track interactions with advertisements on and off the Stanford website.
  • Opt-Out Options:
    • Users have the option to opt-out or disable cookies. However, this may impact the website’s functionality and the user’s experience.

Stanford University’s use of cookies and similar technologies is designed to enhance user experience, provide security, and gather statistical data to improve their services​.

Stanford University User Accounts

Stanford University offers user accounts on their websites, which serve various functions and purposes:

  • Account Registration and Use:
    • Personal Information Collection: During account registration on Stanford’s websites, users provide personal information such as name, contact details, and, if applicable, alumni status.
    • Service Accessibility: These accounts are used to facilitate access to various features on the site, including event ticket purchases, information requests, and accessing specific areas reserved for registered users.
  • Interest-Based Advertising:
    • Data Usage: User interactions with the site are used for tailored advertising, utilizing information from account activities and preferences.
  • Children’s Information:
    • Special Promotions: While Stanford University’s primary websites are not directed at children under the age of 13, they may collect information from children during special promotions, akin to stamp collecting, with required parental consent.
  • Security Measures:
    • Protection of Information: Accounts are protected with various security measures to ensure user information safety and confidentiality.

Stanford University’s user accounts are integral to providing personalized services and experiences to their users, with a commitment to maintaining the privacy and security of the information collected through these accounts​​​​​​​​.

Data Shared with Stanford

Personal Information
User Data
Sensitive Personal Information
Special Categories
IP Address and Device Data
Technical Information
Web Usage Data
Analytical Data
Advertising Interaction Data
Marketing Data
Cookie Data
Technical Data

Data Breach Incident Overview.

Breach Information
Total number of persons affected
Date(s) Breach Occurred
Date Breach Discovered
Description of Breach
External system breach (hacking)
Information Acquired
Name or personal identifier in combination with sensitive information
Notification and Protection Services
Type of Notification
Date(s) of Consumer Notification
Identity Theft Protection Offered
Services Description
Credit Monitoring and Identity Restoration Services
Web-based Personal Data Deletion Services
Not Provided
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How to Protect Your Privacy

Stanford University offers several options for users to manage and protect their privacy:

  • Change Marketing Settings:
    • Adjust your marketing preferences. To opt out of marketing communications, use the unsubscribe instructions provided in any marketing email from Stanford.
  • Disable Google Analytics Tracking:
    • Opt out of Google Analytics tracking for website usage. For more information, visit Google’s Privacy & Terms. To prevent Google Analytics usage, download and install the browser plugin available here.
  • Contact for Privacy Rights:
    • For exercising privacy rights or for any privacy-related inquiries, contact Stanford at For specific privacy requests by Stanford faculty, staff, and students, use Stanford’s privacy request portal available here.
  • General Privacy Policy Information:

These methods ensure users can effectively manage their privacy in line with Stanford University’s policy and applicable privacy regulations​​​​​.

How to Contact Stanford University About Your Privacy

  • Via Email:
  • Postal Address:
    • For written correspondence, you can send mail to:
  • Privacy Office Stanford University 450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305 USA (Note: This address is a general one for Stanford University.
  • 300 Pasteur Drive, MC 5780, Stanford CA 94305

These contact methods provide a direct line to Stanford University for any questions or concerns related to user privacy and data protection​.