Last Updated: April, 2014
- What cookies are
- What cookies are used when you use the Readable Service
- Your cookie options
- Further cookie resources
1. What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored in your web browser that allows Readable or a third party to recognize you. Cookies might be used for the following purposes: (1) to enable certain functions; (2) to provide analytics; (3) to store your preferences; and (4) to enable ad delivery and behavioral advertising. Cookies can either be session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie expires automatically when you close your browser. A persistent cookie will remain until it expires or you delete your cookies. Expiration dates are set in the cookies themselves; some may expire after a few minutes while others may expire after multiple years. Cookies placed by the website you’re visiting are sometimes called “first party cookies,” while cookies placed by other companies are sometimes called “third party cookies.”
2. What cookies are used when I use the Readable Service?
When you use the Readable Service or visit a webpage with a Readable transcript, Readable or a third party may place a number of cookies in your browser. Some of the cookies will only be used if you use certain features or select certain preferences, and some cookies will always be used.
Each cookie serves one of four different purposes:
1. Essential cookies
These first party cookies allow you to use a feature of the Readable Service, such as:
- Staying logged in
- Viewing a private transcript
- Editing a transcript
- Making purchases
2. Analytics cookies
These cookies track information about how the Readable Service is being used so that we can make improvements and report our performance. We might also use analytics cookies to test new ads, pages, or features to see how users react to them. Analytics cookies may either be first party cookies or third party cookies.
3. Preference Cookies
These first party cookies store your Readable Service preferences, such as:
- Language preference
- Content preference
- Search preference
4. Ad targeting cookies
These third party cookies are placed by advertising platforms or networks in order to:
- Deliver ads and track ad performance
- • Enable advertising networks to deliver ads that may be relevant to you based upon your activities (this is sometimes called “behavioral” or “targeted” advertising)
4. What are my cookie options?
If you don’t like the idea of cookies or certain types of cookies, you can change your browser’s settings to delete cookies that have already been set and to not accept new cookies. To learn more about how to do this, visit the help pages of your browser. Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or do not accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.