To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most big websites do this too.

1. What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.

2. How do we use cookies?

Enabling these cookies is not strictly necessary for the website to work but it will provide you with a better browsing experience. You can delete or block these cookies, but if you do that some features of this site may not work as intended.

The cookie-related information is not used to identify you personally and the pattern data is fully under our control. These cookies are not used for any purpose other than those described here.

3.  What cookies do we use?

3.1. We use Google Analytic Cookies for the purpose of statistics
These cookies enable us to store information anonymously such as the time you visit our Site, whether you have visited before and the website that you visited prior to visiting our Site. We also use the Google Analytics Cookie to record what you answer in the Alcohol Test. The information is stored anonymously.

For more information about Google Analytics please see:

How long a Google Analytics cookie remains on your computer or device depends on what it is and what it is used for. Some Google Analytics cookies expire at the end of your browser session, whilst others can remain for up to two years. You can delete Google Analytics cookies and other cookies at any time by clearing your cache.

3.2. We use Facebook Pixel for the purpose of marketing

This cookie is used to track the level of conversion from Facebook ads and to target users with Facebook ads based on the actions they take on our Site.

This pixel records information about a user's browser session, which it sends to Facebook, along with an anonymised version of the Facebook ID and the URL viewed. This allows us to target our Facebook advertising to audiences of people who have visited the Site.

This cookies tracks conversions that happen within 1 day, 7 days, and 28 days after a person clicks an ad, and 1 day, 7 days, and 28 days after an ad is viewed. You can delete the Facebook Pixel cookies and other cookies at any time by clearing your cache.

3.3. We use Twitter Pixel for the purpose of marketing

This is used for tracking the number of users who link to the Site from Twitter ads.

The standard duration of the Twitter pixel is 14 days. You can delete the Twitter pixel by clearing your cache file.

3.4. We use BrowseAloud cookies for the purpose of functionality

When the toolbar is launched for the first time on a secure website we notify the user that their content is about to be sent, encrypted, to Texthelp servers to be converted into audio. If the user accepts this notification, the acceptance is stored in a cookie, and from that point:

  1. Any text to be converted to speech is encrypted and posted to the Texthelp speech servers using Texthelp’s RSA SHA(256) SSL certificate.

  2. The servers convert the text to audio in a private texthelp cloud in Amazon located in North America.

  3. The text is converted into MP3 and Timecode data as before, and streamed encrypted back to the client using the same certificate.

  4. No data is cached or stored at any time.

Browsealoud stores:

  • User preferences such as favourite highlight colours. (as a cookie)

User preferences data is not encrypted, and is stored in plain text. No website content is stored or cached at any time. Any end user information stored for settings or preferences is not used for any other purposes.

3.5. We use Vimeo cookies for purpose of statistics

Some videos embedded in our pages use a cookie to anonymously gather statistics on how you got there and what videos you visited.

4. How to control cookies

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work. 

Last updated 19 December 2018