Privacy Policy

No search engine in the world can offer perfect privacy at all times. If they make that claim, you should stop using them. Please read on for a description of what we do to protect your privacy.

How do you prevent search leakage?
Here are ways your information may be leaked: a. If you don't see a lock icon next to your address bar, then that means you are not accessing a secure website ("non-SSL"). Some major search engines like Bing allow users to conduct searches using the non-secure version of their site. This means that your searches can be intercepted and stored by unauthorized parties.

b. When you click a link, you may be sending your search query to the website you are visiting because browsers send "referrers" by default. The referrer contains the URL of the website you are clicking from, which could include personal or sensitive search queries.

Here's how we prevent that:

a. By default, every search you perform on PrivacyWall is secure. That means that your ISP or other third-party is unable to see what searches you are conducting.

b. We prevent referrer leakage by using the meta referrer attribute to prevent the URL from being passed on to a website. All the website sees is that the user is visiting from https://search.privacywall.org. The website will not know what searches you are conducting. This works on most modern web browsers. If you are using an older browser, please upgrade to a modern browser for the best security and privacy features.
Do we store any information on how you use our website?
We do not log any user activity.
Do we store your search history?
Other search engines store your search history in order to sell your information for advertising and other purposes. They store your information and searches with a unique identifier which may be used to identify you in the future. We do not use cookies to identify users, and we do not store your searches.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We may release your information when we believe releasing it is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, since we do not log user activity, we are unable to provide detailed information.
Do we use cookies?
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. We use cookies on our website to save your settings. No personally-identifiable information is stored in cookies.
Third party links
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
Sources
We partner with sources to provide the information that powers our search engine. We do not store logs of user searches. However, our search results are powered by a major search engine. In order to present the best search experience, our search partner may collect information such as IP address, user agent, and other information to provide search results. You may read more about how this data is handled here.
Your Consent
By using our site, you consent to our Privacy Policy.
Changes to our Privacy Policy
Changes will be posted on this page, and/or noted on the modification date below.

This policy was last modified on June 12, 2017