Cookie Policy

Last updated 6th April 2018

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

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the Oxford English Learning Exchange site.

What cookies do we use and how do we use them?

A number of our pages use the following cookies for the following purposes:

  • to recognize you when you connect to the Oxford English Learning Exchange website so as to personalise the user's interface.
  • to facilitate the management of Oxford English Learning Exchange
  • for statistical purposes (pages consulted, date and time of consultations etc.), for example Google Analytics
  • digital fingerprinting technology –see section below for more information

Enabling some of 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.

Cookies are not used for any purpose other than those described here and will not affect the performance of your computer.

Only information collected by cookies as specified in this cookie policy is automatically collected from visitors or members of the Oxford English Learning Exchange.


What is Digital Finger Printing and how do we use it?

In general, Digital Fingerprinting technologies ("the technology") assign a unique identifier or "Machine-ID" to a user's computer to identify and track the computer. Toluna will not disrupt or interfere with the use or control of a computer or alter, modify or change the settings or functionality of a computer. Toluna will use the technology to assist Oxford University Press in ensuring the integrity of survey results. To the extent that the use of this technology involves the processing of your personal data, Toluna will be the data controller. From now in this Digital Finger Printing section, all the activities in respect of that data and the restrictions on Toluna's use of that data that are described below shall also apply to Oxford University Press' use of the data.

The technology will analyse publicly available information and data obtained from the computer's web browser and from other publicly available data points, including without limitation the technical settings of the computer, the characteristics of the computer, and the computer's IP Address, to create a unique identifier assigned to the computer. The unique identifier will be an alpha-numeric ID. After creating the unique identifier, Toluna does not retain the information ID used by the Technology to create the unique identifier.

Toluna (a) may link or associate your unique identifier to you and any of your Personal Information, (b) may share your unique identifier with Oxford University Press; and (b) may receive or obtain a unique identifier linked to you from Oxford University Press. Any unique identifier(s) received or obtained by Toluna and linked to a specific individual will be protected as if it were your personal information in accordance with this privacy policy. These steps are taken in furtherance of Toluna's efforts to assist Oxford University Press and other clients of Toluna in protecting and ensuring the integrity of survey results, as they allow the identification of fraudulent and duplicate respondents.

In the event that Toluna discovers or learns of any unethical conduct in connection with the use of the above technology, or that the technology is being used in a manner that is inconsistent with the statements and/or disclosures made by Toluna to respondents or in violation of applicable Laws and Codes, Toluna will take immediate action to prohibit such unethical conduct and to ensure the proper administration of the technology.

By the use of Oxford English Learning Exchange you consent to the above cookies and digital fingerprinting to being put in place.

How to control cookies

You can control cookies as you wish or delete cookies installed by Oxford English Learning Exchange - 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. To do so you should modify your browser settings click on the help section of your Internet browser and follow the instructions. 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.

Here is some more detailed help and options on how to refuse or control cookies:

Google Analytics Opt Out Browser Add on:

You may install an add-on for your browser that can be downloaded from here:

It is available for IE8-11, Chrome, FIrefox, Safari and Opera browsers. 


Customization of cookies usage in your browser settings


In Settings / Preferences / Privacy choose "Use custom settings for history" and set "Accept third-party cookies" to "Never". 

See detailed steps with screenshots here:



In Settings expand "Advanced Settings", click "Content settings..." and tick "Block third-party cookies and site data" checkbox.


Internet Explorer

In Tools / Internet Options / Privacy click "Advanced", select "Override automatic cookie handling" and select "Block" choice under "Third Party Cookies". 



Preferences / Privacy - near "Block cookies and other website data" tick "From third parties and advertisers".

Normally this is a default setting.