Your privacy is our mission – it is our reason for being.
We do not store or share your personal information or your searches, nor do we allow others to see or store your personal information.
Most regular search engines like Google store your IP address, user agent, search terms and log them along with a date and time stamp every time you perform a search. This not only allows your searches to be traced back to you, but it also allows all your searches to be tied together to perform a detailed profile of you. They use this information to better target their ads to you and make more money. They not only know what terms you searched for, but what ads you clicked on, what search results you clicked on, which images you viewed, which videos you watched and so on. If you're signed into Google with your Google account at the time then Google can also tie all this information directly to your account.
SearchScene is different. We respect your privacy and we do not track you – we do not store any personally identifiable information about you, nor do we store your search terms or any of your activity whilst on our site. Not only do we not know who you are,where you are or what you searched for, we don't know which ads or search results you clicked on, which images you viewed or which videos you watched. By acting as a proxy between you and the providers of our search results, we don't allow them to see any personally identifiable information about you either. Check out a full list of reasons why you should use SearchScene if online privacy is important to you.
Unlike other major search engines, we DO NOT collect:
The only information we collect is an aggregate total of how many searches are performed on our site each day, so if you performed a web search, we would add one to our total count of web searches performed that day. If you performed an image search, we would add one to our total count of image searches performed that day. That's it! We do not store anything about you, your location or the terms you searched for.
We need to store some information about your settings, such as which wallpaper images you prefer, what wallpaper screen resolution you use and other settings that you can set in the user settings page. This improves your search experience with SearchScene because you don't have to keep setting these things every time you visit our site. Because we don't collect or store any information about you on our servers (and because we need to store this information somehere) we store it on your device using harmless tiny text files called cookies and we also store some information in a local storage area on your device. This information is only accessible by yourself and our website. So if, for instance, you choose to view wallpaper images at HD resolution from the category "Seascapes" only, you've set all your search results to open in a new window and you've set your family filter to "Strict" within the settings page, then all of these preferences would be stored locally on your device.
It is important to note that, just as we do not store your search terms or search activity on our servers, we do not store this information on your device either – either in cookies or in local storage.
A complete list of the data we store on your device's local storage is given in the table below...
|wallpaperOn||Whether you have set the home page wallpaper on/off|
|categories||Media item categories available for the home page wallpaper images and videos|
|items||Media items (images and videos) available for the home page wallpaper|
|categoryIds||The media item categories currently selected in the home page sidebar filter|
|searchBox||The position of the home page draggable search box|
|userImage||The current user-provided home page image|
|pinnedItemId||The current pinned home page image|
|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|
|The currently selected or detected user country code and 'market' value (e.g. en-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|
|backgroundSize||A user setting determining how the home page wallpaper image is displayed|
|Whether the 'Come Here Often?' home page message should be displayed, and when|
|animateImages||Whether the home page wallpaper images should animate during transition|
|searchType||The type of search you want to carry out (e.g. web, image)|
|searchSuggestions||Whether to show search suggestions|
|safeSearch||Bing search 'SafeSearch' setting (Off, Moderate, Strict)|
|freshness||Bing search 'freshness' settings (Off, Day, Week, Month)|
|showSearchThumbnails||Whether to show thumbnails in web search results|
|searchResultsPerPage||How many search results should be returned per page (10, 20, 50)|
|searchOpenInNewWindow||Whether search result links should open in a new browser tab/window|
|autoSuggest||Whether to show autosuggestions in the search input|
|wikipediaSummaries||Whether to show Wikipedia summaries as part of search results|
|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|
|doubleProxy||Whether proxied content served from SearchScene's servers should be downloaded via a further proxy server|
|proxyLocation||For double proxying, this is the geographical location of the further proxy server|
|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|
|cacheBust||A value used to force reloading of fresh SearchScene resources such as images|
|A timestamp and image/video ID of your first visit used to calculate the ordering of home page wallpaper images|
We use POST requests by default for all your search queries. There is no way of changing this. This means that (unlike regular search engines) your search terms are always kept out of the URL address bar on your browser. This has a couple of knock-on effects:
We never collect or share email addresses.
We must forward your search terms on to Bing, Wikipedia and any other search results providers that we use in order to download the search results, which we then serve up to you. There is just no getting around that, because we need to get the search results from somewhere. These sites may then store and log your search terms in accordance with their own privacy policies. However, the important point to note here, is that by acting as a proxy between you and the search results provider (e.g. Bing), we prevent the third-party search results provider from seeing your IP address, your user agent or any other personally identifiable information about you. Your search is sent to us, we forward your search on to our search results provider and all they can see is the IP address of our server that is making the search request and acting as a proxy on your behalf. You will always remain invisible to all third-party search results providers that we use to obtain your search results.
As with all websites, we must comply with any court order (from any court that has jurisdiction over us) demanding that we hand over our logs. However, since we do not log your searches and we do not log any personally identifiable information (IP address, user agent, etc.) there is really nothing for us to hand over.