Privacy Policy

The GEO Blue Planet website administrators are

  • MERCATOR OCEAN INTERNATIONAL, a private company, whose registered office is at 2 avenue de l’Aérodrome de Montaudran, 31400 TOULOUSE, FRANCE
  •  University of Maryland


This privacy policy explains how we use any personal information we collect about you on this website.


Data protection

This privacy policy covers the GEO Blue Planet website and is governed by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), EU Regulation no. 2016/679, of the 27th of April 2016.

Personal data

The GEO Blue Planet Initiative respects your privacy as a user of the website and ensures the security and confidentiality of all personal data that you need to share while using the website. The GEO Blue Planet Initiative will not collect any personal information without your agreement under the terms required by the GDPR.

The data collected on the GEO Blue Planet Initiative website forms will be used exclusively for processing user requests and will not be used for any other purpose, always protecting user confidentiality under the terms of the protection given in the above-mentioned regulations.

The GEO Blue Planet Initiative is responsible for treating these data and the data are stored in its information systems, which are properly protected. The information gathered can only be accessed and processed by workers at the GEO Blue Planet Initiative in the course of their duties, with the purpose for which they have been gathered always made clear in the respective documents collecting the data. Other issues to be considered in this area will be dealt with by the GEO Blue Planet Initiative in accordance with the terms established by the GDPR.

Which personal data do we collect?

We may collect personal data about you in the following cases:

  • When browsing the website
  • When you subscribe to our newsletter
  • When you register for an event
  • When you submit an expression of interest

It is your responsibility to provide personal data that you certify to be correct and adequate.

We may collect the following data:

  • Last name
  • First name
  • E-mail address
  • IP address
  • Professional or personal belonging to a type of organisation (company, association, university, etc.)

The data we collect is necessary to process your requests or to provide you with the services you request.
In addition, certain data may be collected to perform a service or contract to which you are a party.

GEO Blue Planet will use the information you provide on the newsletter subscription form to be in touch with you and to provide updates. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at

Declaration concerning Copyrights

All contents of whatever nature held by the GEO Blue Planet Initiative website are protected by law, and it is expressly forbidden to copy, reproduce, disseminate, transmit, use, modify, sell, publish or use them in any other way, in whatever manner, with the exception of those provided for by the law.

To use quotes or mention sources, a note should be made that identifies the GEO Blue Planet Initiative as well as the web address of specific contents that have been consulted, mentioning the dates of consultation and update (as shown on the site) of these contents.

Exemption from liability in relation to social networks

The GEO Blue Planet Initiative views the involvement of members of its community in social networks as a way of encouraging interaction between the GEO Blue Planet Initiative community and the general public with which it shares interests. Nonetheless, the GEO Blue Planet Initiative cannot be held responsible for content posted on these networks, which are the sole responsibility of the parties posting them.

Data Protection Officer

The GEO Blue Planet Initiative ensures compliance of the treatment of personal data with current legislation. For further information contact the GEO Blue Planet Initiative at the following e-mail address:

Collection and use of technical information

The GEO Blue Planet Initiative website uses cookies, and the scope of its use is set out in the cookies policy.

Technical information is only held on our servers concerning visits to the GEO Blue Planet Initiative website, and information which could be used to identify visitors to the site is not collected. Technical information recorded is limited to the following:

  • The IP (Internet Protocol) address of the visitor;
  • The type of Internet browser used by the visitor to the site and the respective operating system used;
  • The day and time of the consultation;
  • The pages of the site visited and the documents downloaded. The technical information will only be used for statistical purposes.

Cookies policy

Cookies are small files with alpha-numeric information stored by the browser on the hard disk of your computer. These files are needed so that the server can distinguish between users and maintain a given user’s status while surfing the web.

The cookies used by the GEO Blue Planet Initiative website are anonymous, and no personal information about our users is kept in the system, nor any other information that would allow them to be identified personally. These website cookies are used to improve the experience of our users and to allow us to analyse the use of the site in order to optimize functionalities existing within it.

The GEO Blue Planet Initiative website uses:

– Session cookies: to record user preferences such as the language in which the sites should be presented and to maintain sessions of authenticated users. Cookies of this type are automatically deleted when the browser is closed.

– Persistent cookies: to keep necessary information between sessions. For example, a cookie of this type is kept to indicate that the user has noted the cookies policy and to hide the message relating to this. This type of cookie stays on the computer until its expiry date or when it is deleted by the user.

This portal uses the Analytics service provided by Google to improve the performance of the site, and records generic information of accesses received using anonymous cookies for this purpose.

Terms of use

The text, contents, and images published on this portal are the property of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative and cannot be reproduced or modified without the express permission of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative, except in cases of unrestricted use, namely for teaching or research purposes or for personal use. In all these cases, users should make clear their entitlement.

Exemption from liability

The GEO Blue Planet Initiative cannot be held responsible for possible errors in the information or documentation existing on this portal nor for the content of the pages to which links or hyperlinks contained in them take the user.

Applicable legislation

This portal is governed by relevant legislation, in particular the Copyright and Associated Rights Code and the Industrial Property Code. By using the portal of the GEO Blue Planet Initiative, the user accepts its terms and conditions.