MysteryPlease! Privacy Policy

MysteryPlease! is a blog containing book reviews and other information relating to the world of mystery. It is hosted by Automattic via and blog readers (Visitors) are subject to the Automatic privacy notice for Site visitors currently in place.

In order to provide my readers with a breakdown of how their personal information is used when visiting the MysteryPlease! blog, I have drafted the below privacy policy. Because this blog is hosted by and not self-hosted, I used the Automattic privacy notice currently in place as a guide. I want to mention here that the Automattic privacy notice I used was released by Automattic under a Creative Commons Sharealike license. I have adapted it to the best of my knowledge to represent the practices of the MysteryPlease! blog.

At this time, I personally do not collect information about my readers. I don’t write down email addresses for future use or anything else like that. In reading Automattic’s privacy notice, however, I now realize that my blog is collecting information on my readers by default, so this is an attempt to make everything clear. At least, as clear as I possibly can; I am, after all, a simple book lover, not a lawyer.

Please note, a Visitor’s use (reading, liking, commenting, etc) of the MysteryPlease! blog indicates that said Visitor has agreed to accept the terms noted below. If for any reason, the terms below are unacceptable to a Site visitor, the Site visitor should stop using the MysteryPlease! blog.

How Visitors Interact the MysteryPlease! Blog

Visitors interact by:

  • Reading the blog
  • Commenting on posts
  • Liking posts or comments
  • Following the blog
  • Participating in polls or surveys

How Visitor Information Is Collected

Information is collected when:

  • a Visitor voluntarily provides information to the MysteryPlease! blog
  • it is automatically collected by the MysteryPlease! blog

Ways a Visitor Provides Information to a the MysteryPlease! blog

  • typing into a text field
  • liking a comment field
  • entering text into a sign-up form
  • signing up to follow or subscribe to the MysteryPlease! blog using Jetpack or (information collected includes the Visitor’s email address)
  • commenting on the MysteryPlease! blog (information collected includes the comment and any other information the Visitor provides, such as their name and email address)
  • completing a poll, quiz, or other type of survey prepared and provided by the MysteryPlease! blog via (information collected includes the Visitor’s responses to those surveys and any other information, like an e-mail address)
  • voluntarily entering any other personal information on the MysteryPlease! blog (information collected includes text entered into a contact form submission, a search query, or registration)

What Visitor Information the MysteryPlease! Blog Automatically Collects  

  • technical data from a Visitor’s Computer and Etcetera, including information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available about Visitors to the MysteryPlease! blog (such as the Visitor’s, IP address, browser type, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information)
  • Visitor interactions, including the “likes” and “ratings” left by Visitors to the MysteryPlease! blog using or Jetpack.
  • location Information, including the approximate location of a Visitor’s device from the IP address, which is collected and used to, for example, tally for how many people visit the MysteryPlease! blog from certain geographic regions
  • Akismet commenter information about Visitors who comment using the Akismet anti-spam service, typically including the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment)
  • Polldaddy response information from Visitors who respond to a Polldaddy survey, including the Visitor’s IP address, browser type, operating system, user agent, and the web page last visited
  • information from cookies and other technologies *

How Visitor Information Is Shared

The MysteryPlease! blog may share information collected about Visitors with:

  • subsidiaries, employees, and independent contractors if the information is needed in order to help provide services for the MysteryPlease! blog, or to process information on its behalf (subsidiaries, employees, and independent contractors must adhere this privacy notice for information about Visitors that is shared with them)
  • third party vendors if the information is needed in order to provide their services to the MysteryPlease! blog, including vendors that help provide services to the MysteryPlease! blog (vendors are required to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them)
  • legal requests such as a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request **
  • the appropriate authorities if it is believed in good faith that the disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Automattic, the MysteryPlease! blog, third parties, or the public at large (for instance, if there is a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, the MysteryPlease! blog and/or Automattic may disclose information related to the emergency without delay)
  • the public – if the Visitor chooses to make it public; Visitor comments and “likes” are all available to others, including information about the visitor that is displayed in connection with a comment or “like” (such as a visitor’s username and Gravatar). ***

Other Information Visitors Should Know

This privacy notice only covers the collection of information by the MysteryPlease! blog. Collection of information by a third party (via other tools and services that might be integrated into the MysteryPlease! blog, such as Google Analytics and third party plugins) is not covered under this privacy notice.

Ad networks and analytics providers may set tracking technologies (like cookies) to collect information about a Visitors’ use of a site and across other blogs and online services, such as a Visitor’s IP address, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages, links clicked, and conversion information. This information may be used by those companies to, among other things, analyze and track usage, determine the popularity of certain content, and deliver advertisements that may be more targeted to Visitor interests. For more information about how to manage and delete cookies, visit, and for more information on interest-based ads, including information about how visitors may be able to opt out of having their web browsing information used for behavioral advertising purposes, please visit (US based) and (EU based).

A Word About Automattic (this is not part of the MysteryPlease! blog Privacy Policy)

The MysteryPlease! blog is hosted on Automattic’s service. I encourage any MysteryPlease! readers to review Automattic’s privacy notice for Site visitors, as it appears Automattic also collects information about Visitors to MysteryPlease! beyond any information the MysteryPlease! blog provides to them about Visitors. For example, the MysteryPlease! blog may upload a directory or other information about its Vsitors to the “backend” administrative platform for managing the blog (in this case,

The below paragraphs are my interpretation of Automattic’s policies, based on my reading of their policy. Again, I urge any concerned Visitors to read this policy for themselves and not take my below statements as fact. I only include these statements below because these specific policies do not apply to the MysteryPlease! blog, but still appear to apply to the collection of Visitor information.

It looks like Automattic uses information about Visitors to the MysteryPlease! blog in order to provide Automattic services to the MysteryPlease! blog. The MysteryPlease! blog may use Automattic’s services to, for example, create and manage the MysteryPlease! blog, sell products and services on the MysteryPlease! blog, flag and fight comments from spammers, and collect information through polls, quizzes and other surveys.

In addition to the above, Automattic uses some information about Visitors to the MysteryPlease! blog if those Visitors are also Automattic Users as described in Automattic’s Privacy Policy.

Automattic may also use and share information that has been aggregated or reasonably de-identified, so that the information could not reasonably be used to identify any individual. For instance, publishing aggregate statistics about the users of Automattic’s services. Automatic might also share Visitor information during a business transfer in connection with any merger, sale of company assets, or acquisition of all or a portion of its business by another company, or in the unlikely event that Automattic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, Visitor information would likely be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. If any of these events were to happen, Automattic’s privacy notice for Site visitors would continue to apply to Visitor information and the party receiving this information may continue to use this information, but only consistent with Automattic’s privacy notice for Site visitors.


* A cookie is a string of information that the MysteryPlease! blog stores on a Visitor’s computer, and that the Visitor’s browser provides to the MysteryPlease! blog each time the Visitor returns. Pixel tags (also called web beacons) are small blocks of code placed on the MysteryPlease! blog. The MysteryPlease! blog uses cookies and other technologies like pixel tags to help identify and track Visitors and blog usage. For more information about the use of cookies and other technologies for tracking, including how Visitors can control the use of cookies, please see Automattic’s Cookie Policy.

** For more information on how Automattic – and thus, the MysteryPlease! blog – responds to requests for information, please see Automattic’s Legal Guidelines

*** This “firehose” stream of public data (including comments) from sites is to provide that data to firehose subscribers, who may view and analyze the content, but do not have rights to re-publish it publicly. Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties.