Privacy Policy

By using this site, you signify your acceptance of these policies, terms and conditions of service and disclaimers. If you do not agree to them, please do not use this site.  Your continued use of the this site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Who We Are

Cat on the Bookshelf publishes posts about books. “Cat on the Bookshelf,” “we,” “our,” or “us” refers to Cat on the Bookshelf in this privacy policy.

Our blog’s address is

Because this is free WordPress site, please keep in mind that WordPress has its own Cookies policy, which you should have seen in the consent banner.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We may collect personal data from site visitors in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when they visit our site, subscribe to receive notices of new blog posts via email, respond to a survey, fill out a form, and in connection with other activities or services we make available on our site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, and/or email address.


When you leave comments on the site, we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

When you leave a comment on this site, your name, email, and IP address will be collected and stored on this site managed with WordPress (.org). Your name/username will be shown publicly, but the email and IP address are not. If at any point you wish to have a comment removed, you can contact us.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you submit a contact form to the site, your name, email address, and IP address as part of the form submission process, as well as any other personal information that you voluntarily put in the form. This information is only used in order to reply to your inquiry.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Cat on the Bookshelf uses cookies to help identify and track visitors, their usage of the website, and their website access preferences. Cat on the Bookshelf visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Cat on the Bookshelf’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Cat on the Bookshelf’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

We do not sell, trade, or rent users’ or visitors’ personal identification information with others. Certain information may be shared with others when necessary to complete a certain action. For example, if you win a giveaway we may share your mailing address. All of this will be made clear before you enter a giveaway.

We may also share generic demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users (for example, the number of unique visitors we get per month) with our business partners and trusted affiliates for the purposes outlined above.  Below is a list of third party sites (subject to change) that we may share such generic demographic information with:

Aggregated Statistics

Cat on the Bookshelf may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. For instance, we may monitor the most popular pages on the site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. Cat on the Bookshelf may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Cat on the Bookshelf does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.


Ads appearing on this website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Cat on the Bookshelf and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, we may change our Privacy Policy from time to time, and in our sole discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.