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Privacy statement

Privacy statement

This policy applies to personal information collected on websites owned or controlled by Geomares, which are: Factrics, GIM International, Hydro International, Geomatics World, GIS Professional, Geomares Education, Products4Engineers, Geomares Marketing, Electronic Chart and Geo-matching.com.


Geomares will be referred to in this policy as “we”, “us”, “our”, “Geomares Publishing” or “Geomares”. The visitor will be referred to as “you”, “Individuals” or “data subject”.


General Data Protection Regulation
Geomares is convinced that protecting the privacy of its customers and visitors to its websites is essential to its activities. Therefore, personal data of customers and visitors is treated and secured with the utmost care and Geomares itself will at all times observe the requirements set by the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. The GDPR will be enforced on 25 May 2018. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and is designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy. The key articles of the GDPR can be found on eugdpr.org. The party responsible for the database is Geomares, located at Vuurtorenweg 18B, 8531 HJ Lemmer, The Netherlands.

Collecting information

What kind of information do we collect?
You do not have to give us any personal information in order to use most of this website. However, if you wish to register on this website, subscribe to a service, request further information or provide content for inclusion on this website, we may collect the following personal information from you. The information asked depends on where you sign up and with what reason. Registering as a supplier asks for different information then a newsletter sign up.

  • first name, last name, email, phone number, address, zip code, country, job, company name, interests and preferred fields of application.


We will also keep a record of any financial transactions you complete with us, but we do not directly collect, process or store your debit or credit card information. Online payments made through this website are processed securely by a third-party payment provider, MultiSafepay. Please refer to MultiSafepay’s privacy policy & terms and conditions for details of how your payment card data is processed by them.

You may also choose to provide additional voluntary information in the course of your use of this website; you may do so through the “update your profile” link in our newsletters or if by logging in to your account. In addition, we may automatically collect information about the website that you came from or go to next. We also collect information about which pages you visit on this website, your IP address(es), the type of browser you use and how many times you access this website.

How will the information be used and shared?
The personal information we collect allows us to:

  • provide the products and services you have ordered from us;
  • verify your identity and details of your payment method or credit card amount;
  • administer our website and provide customer services;
  • meet legal, regulatory and compliance requirements;
  • monitor and analyse the use of any account to prevent, investigate and/or report fraud, terrorism, misrepresentation, security incidents or crime;
  • gather management information to conduct statistical and trend analysis;
  • communicate with you;
  • investigate any complaints about this website;
  • personalise your experience of this website; and
  • contact you about any of our products and services which we think might be of interest to you (where we have the appropriate permissions to do so).

Controlling your personal information

Processing of Personal Data
Within the context of our services (if you subscribe to or order a publication, use our [interactive] services or otherwise contact Geomares), Geomares will record data. Geomares will use such data for the fulfilment of the relevant agreement, for its other services and to keep customers informed about (new) products and services from Geomares, its group companies or third parties working in the geomatics and/or hydrographic field. For more information about third parties Geomares is working with, visit the partners page. In doing so, Geomares will try to take your preferences into account. If you do not wish to receive any information about (new) products and services, please notify Geomares in writing (attn: Address Registration Department, Vuurtorenweg 18B, 8531 HJ Lemmer, The Netherlands), by e-mail ([email protected]), on the website (my account) or via one of our newsletters (update my profile) so that we can block your data for the above-mentioned purposes .


Access to your information
You are entitled to see the personal information held about you. If you wish to do so, please contact us at [email protected]. We require you to provide verification of your identity. Geomares will provide the first copy of this information free of charge. For any further copies you request, we may ask you to pay a EUR20 administration fee.


Change your information
Individuals are entitled to have personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete. The data subject can do this in multiple ways:

  • Send an email to [email protected]
  • Send a letter to Vuurtorenweg 18B, 8531 HJ Lemmer, with the subject “Rectification”.
  • Click on “Update my profile” in one of our emails.

Right to reassure
This is also is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’. The broad principle underpinning this right is to enable an individual to request the deletion or removal of personal data when there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.

Geomares can reject your request if there are reasons why the data subject cannot be forgotten. Valid reasons could include: you still have an active print subscription with Geomares, or Geomares is awaiting a payment. If Geomares cannot comply with your request, you will be informed accordingly by either email, telephone or letter.

Right to restrict processing
Individuals have a right to block or suppress processing of personal data. When processing is restricted, Geomares will be permitted to store the personal data, but not further process it.

Purpose of the processing

The main purpose of processing the data is to segment our database, which is used for different objectives:

Better communication with you: If we can target our communication based on specific interests, we do not need to send all emails to the whole database. Better targeting means less unwanted or irrelevant emails for our subscribers.
Advertisers: Geomares sells advertisements to companies in the geomatics and hydrographic field. Those advertisers want to reach a specific target group.

Categories of personal data concerned
We store the personal data of all registered customers of the Geomares websites. We do not store financial information (credit-card numbers, etc). Personal information could consist of: first name, last name, location, address, postcode, city, country, interests, job title, company name, interests and preferred fields of application.

Data storage duration
If you have not visited any of the Geomares websites in the last three years, we will delete your information from our database.

User Navigation
Geomares websites keep records, without identifying the visitors, of general visit-related data (such as the most frequently visited pages) for the purpose of optimising the website layout. Furthermore, this data may be used to post more specific information on the website, so as to enable Geomares to further optimise the services it provides.


This privacy statement was last updated April 2, 2018

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