Privacy policy

Privacy policy

Updated 26 May 2018

Who we are is the professional website of Tom Geller.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

This site does not automatically collect personal data beyond what is normally collected by the open-source WordPress software: See for further information. To the best of our knowledge, none of the third-party plug-ins used on this site automatically collects further personal data.

Any data you explicitly enter (for example, in forms) is collected and saved, of course. These data may be saved in perpetuity; they might be used for one-on-one communications, but will not be used for mass-marketing purposes.

If you are a registered user and upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with EXIF GPS location data included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Regarding Akismet and

Automattic (the company behind Akismet and, which partially power this site) collects information about visitors who comment on Sites that use the Akismet anti-spam service. The information collected depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes 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 itself).


When visitors leave comments on the website 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.

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.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


This site may use Jetpack and/or Google Analytics to capture and compile data. These data are aggregated, so no personally identifiable data are transferred or kept.

Who we share your data with

To the best of my knowledge, this site does not deliberately share data with any third parties. However, agreements with support services may require some data to be shared. Partners include (for analytics and support); the current hosting provider, whose identity can be discovered via various network utilities; and common services such as Google.

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.

What rights you have over your data

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

Where we send your data

Data on this site may be stored on private servers in Europe and/or the United States.

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

Your contact information

If you have a privacy concern about this site, contact Tom Geller via his LinkedIn profile.

How we protect your data

Data on this site is stored on a commercial web-hosting service, and is served primarily through the open-source software WordPress. Data protection for both is believed to be standard for the industry, for example by using hashed passwords. Send specific questions to Tom Geller.

What data breach procedures we have in place

This site is considered non-essential; if a data breach is discovered, the site will be taken offline until it’s corrected.

What third parties we receive data from

This site may host advertising, which involves a transfer of data to the ad company. For details, contact Tom Geller.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

This site uses no automated decision making or profiling.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

This site (and its owner) are not part of a regulated industry.