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Compliance with the EU GDPR

Who I am

The company behind The whale and the responsible data controller for this website is Gilles Vauvarin, micro-entrepreneur.

Gilles Vauvarin
SIREN: 508 743 754
1 rue Alexandre Gander
74200 Thonon les bains

How The whale collect your data

This is an overview of how The whale handle your personal data:
On this website

I don't collect any personal data on my website except website metrics.

Website metrics

If you navigate on The whale website, the open-source tool Fathom installed on my server tracks you on my website without collecting personal data and give me a non-nerdy breakdown of my top content and top referrers. It does so with user-centric rights and privacy, and without selling, sharing or giving away the data collected. The collected metrics data are stored on my own server.

I also use the following third parties to help me communicate with my audience and sell advertises:

If you sign up to my newsletter, your data is being collected by the American newsletter service MailChimp which is GDPR compliant.

I use the personal data I collect to:
  • Send you a weekly newsletter to which you have subscribed.
Advertises and supporters

If you purchase an ad on The whale or become a supporter, your data is being collected by the American payment service Stripe which is GDPR compliant.

Your rights

GDPR is all about your rights as users. You can exercise your rights by sending me an email at
You can access information on all data stored about you

Get in contact and we will provide you with all information on data we have about you.

You have the right to be ‘forgotten’ by The whale

Let me know and we will delete all your personal data that we store.

You have the right to correct any personal data stored about you

If there's any personal data about you that should be corrected by me, please let me know.

You have the right to withdraw your consent

If you subscribed to my newsletter you can always unsubscribe from the it at any time by clicking on unsubscribe link in the newsletter footer. You can do this on your own but I am also happy to do this for you, if you want. Just let me know.

You have the right to port your data to another service

I will give you a copy of your data in a plain text format so that you can provide it to another service.

You have the right to file a complaint regarding our use of your data

Please tell me first, so I have a chance to address your concerns. If I fail in this, you can address any complaint to your national data protection authorities.



My website does not set any cookies.

Analytics and tracking

I do not use any third party trackers, social media buttons or analytics services on my website. I only track your navigation on my web pages without collecting personal data with the open-source tool Fathom.

TLS encryption

The whale uses TLS encryption for security reasons and to protect the transmission of confidential data. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser's address line when it changes from "http://" to "https://" and when a green lock icon is displayed in your browser's address bar.

If TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

The server for me website is provided by:

Vultr Holdings Corporation 14 Cliffwood Ave Suite 300, Metropark South Matawan, NJ 07747, USA
Vultr complies with GDPR. The server is located in their data center in New York, USA. You can find their privacy policy here:
Third-party services

I use the following third-party services to improve my communication with my users and sell advertises:

- MailChimp
The Rocket Science Group LLC d/b/a MailChimp 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000 Atlanta, GA 30308 USA
MailChimp complies with GDPR. You can find their privacy policy here:
- Stripe
Stripe 510 Townsend Street San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Stripe complies with GDPR. You can find their privacy policy here:
See details below.


You can sign up to my weekly newsletter to receive my curated list of links (articles, web resources, web tools, jobs and events announcement) and news related to The whale or my personal activity. I never sign you up automatically. You have to use the sign up form on my website and confirm your subscription with the double-opt in process. To sign up I require and verify your email address.
All subscriber data is collected by the American newsletter service MailChimp:

The Rocket Science Group LLC d/b/a MailChimp
675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000
Atlanta, GA 30308 USA

MailChimp is offering extensive analytics tools to check if newsletters have been opened and links have been clicked. I only use those analytics to check how interesting and relevant my newsletters are for the entire list of subscribers over time. I never use them to analyze individual subscribers.
You can unsubscribe from my newsletter at any time. This can be done by using the unsubscribe link in every newsletter or by sending me an email at and I will handle it for you.
MailChimp complies with GDRP. You can find our more about their privacy policy on their site:


I take measures, including data encryption, to protect the transmission of all information on this website. I make reasonable efforts to ensure the integrity and security of my website and server. Nevertheless, I cannot guarantee that my security measures will prevent third-party 'hackers' from illegally obtaining this information and is 100% security breach-proof.

Contact Information

If you have any questions in relation to this Notice or you wish to exercise any of your rights, please contact me at:


I will constantly check and update this privacy policy if necessary.

Last update: 01.09.2018