Cookie Policy

In order to remember your settings, we need to store them somewhere. As we do not store any information about you on our server, we instead need to store your preferred settings on your device using little text files called cookies.

It is important to note that we do not store any information about your searches in the cookies on your machine. The cookies we store do not affect your privacy or your search experience in any way.

Here is a list of the cookies we store and their function...

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User Settings: We send some of your user settings to our server in order to allow us to optimize and filter your search results and improve your overall site experience. None of this information is stored on our servers after the cookies have expired or have been deleted. None of the information in this cookie compromises your privacy: it does not contain your search terms or any personally identifiable information, beyond the country code you selected when performing your search. A more detailed list of which settings are stored can be found in the table below.
vpw Viewport Width: In order to optimize layout for pages which are proxied and served via an iframe, we send your browser's viewport pixel width to our server and discard it immediately after serving the proxied content.

User Settings

A complete list of the user settings we store in cookies is given in the table below. These settings are stored in cookies named ss_a, ss_b, etc..

acceptedCookies Whether you have explicitly opted in to the use of cookies
animateImages Whether the home page wallpaper images should animate during transition
autoSuggest Whether to show autosuggestions in the search input
backgroundSize A user setting determining how the home page wallpaper image is displayed
charities Which charities you have selected in the charity search options
charitySearchCounts A history of the charities you have voted for by searching on SearchScene
charityCountYear The year during which your charity searches have been counted
categories Media item categories available for the home page wallpaper images and videos
categoryIds The media item categories currently selected in the home page sidebar filter
cc The currently selected or detected user country code (e.g. GB)
ccFallbackUsed A value which records whether country code could not be detected automatically and has not been chosen manually
displayClock A user setting determining whether the home page clock should display
displayHomePageMessage
homePagePromptWaitStart
Whether the 'Come Here Often?' home page message should be displayed, and when
doubleProxy Whether proxied content served from SearchScene's servers should be downloaded via a further proxy server
firstVisit
firstVisitItemId
A timestamp and image/video ID of your first visit used to calculate the ordering of home page wallpaper images
freshness Bing search 'freshness' settings (Off, Day, Week, Month)
items Media items (images and videos) available for the home page wallpaper
loadVideos Whether to load videos as well as images for the home page wallpaper
loadHDImages Whether to load HD images for the home page wallpaper
loadQHDImages Whether to load QHD images for the home page wallpaper
mkt The currently selected or detected user country 'market' (e.g. en-GB)
pinnedItemId The current pinned home page image
proxyLocation For double proxying, this is the geographical location of the further proxy server
safeSearch 'SafeSearch' setting for filtering search results content (Off, Moderate, Strict)
searchBox The position of the home page's draggable search box
searchOpenInNewWindow Whether search result links should open in a new browser tab/window
searchResultsPerPage How many search results should be returned per page (10, 20, 50)
searchSuggestions Whether to show search suggestions
searchType The type of search you want to carry out (e.g. web, image)
searchVideoHover Whether video thumbnails should automatically play when possible on mouse cursor hover
searchVideoBehaviour How clicked video thumbnails in video search results should be treated (play here, leave, prompt)
searchVideoResolution A video search filter based on video resolution
searchVideoLength A video search filter based on video duration
searchVideoPricing A video search filter based on pricing
searchImageSize An image search filter based on image size
searchImageType An image search filter based on image type (e.g. Photo, Clipart)
searchImageColor An image search filter based on image color (e.g. ColorOnly, Monochrome)
searchImageAspect An image search filter based on image aspect (All, Square, Wide, Tall)
searchImageContent An image search filter based on image content (All, Face, Portrait)
searchImageLicense An image search filter based on image license (e.g. Public, Share)
searchNewsSortBy News search sorting (Relevance, Date)
searchNewsCategory Previous news search category selected
searchThumbProxyWeb Whether thumbnail images in web searches should be proxied via SearchScene's servers
searchThumbProxyImages Whether thumbnail images in image searches should be proxied via SearchScene's servers
searchThumbProxyVideos Whether thumbnail images in video searches should be proxied via SearchScene's servers
searchThumbProxyNews Whether thumbnail images in news searches should be proxied via SearchScene's servers
showSearchThumbnails Whether to show thumbnails in web search results
userImage Whether there is a user-provided home page image. (Note that user image itself is stored in your browser's local storage and is not accessed by SearchScene or sent to our servers.)
wallpaperOn Whether you have set the home page wallpaper on/off
warnOnMobileProxyClick Whether to display a warning prompt when following a proxy link on mobile
warnOnMobileUnproxyClick Whether to display a warning prompt when unproxying a proxied page on mobile
wikipediaSummaries Whether to show Wikipedia summaries as part of search results
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