GroupDraw Privacy Policy


Last revised: 29. July 2015


This policy (“Privacy Policy“) sets out how Swiss Marine Consulting GmbH, Riedweg 1, 8853 Lachen, Switzerland (“GroupDraw” or “we“) processes personal information that you share with us or that we may collect when you browse the our website (the “Site“).

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time. We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy periodically. Updates apply as of the date of their publication on the Site (as defined in the Terms of use).

Purpose of this Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring that your personal information is protected. The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to explain what we do with personally identifiable information that you provide to us (“Personal Information“), such as your name, mailing or email address.

Third Party Sites

This Privacy Policy applies to Personal Information in relation to your use of our Site. It does not apply to information collected by third party websites, platforms and applications that you may access through links on the Site. Such third party third party websites, platforms and applications may have their own privacy policies.

How We Collect and Use Personal Information

The Site automatically logs information from the browser used to access the Site, for example your IP address, the pages that are visited from that address, and the website from where you visit the Site, if your computer is set to allow that type of collection. We use such information to evaluate interest in our Site and to perform other market research activities, such as surveying browsing habits on our Site.

Most of our services require registration. You will be asked to supply your name, your location and additional information and to provide an e-mail address. You may also be asked to submit questions or comments to us, or to provide additional information through surveys or contests. Providing such information is entirely voluntary. If you do provide such information, we may use it to contact you and to inform you of changes to our services or our Site. We may also use such information to enhance the usability of the Site and to ensure it is relevant and meets your needs.

We may also ask you to provide consent to certain data uses if we need to use your personal data for purposes not covered by this Privacy Policy. You are not obliged to provide such consent, but if you prefer not to, participation in certain activities may be restricted. If users choose to opt out of such different uses, we will continue to be able to use Personal Information in accordance with the Privacy Policy under which the information was collected. If you do provide additional consent, the terms of that consent will prevail in case of conflict with this Privacy Policy.

Moreover, we may use Personal Information if deemed necessary to protect us from a security risk, and we may share such information with law enforcement authorities if appropriate.

How We May Share Personal Information

We exclude our liability, and that of our agents and independent contractors, and our and their employees and officers, for damages relating to your access to (or inability to access) the Site, or to any errors or omissions, or the results obtained from the use, of the Site, whatever the legal basis of such liability would be, except for liability for damages caused by us wilfully or through gross negligence. We fully exclude our liability for auxiliaries.

Third party content, links to other websites

We may share Personal Information about visitors to our Site among the companies of our global group, including in countries without adequate data protection, for purposes related to the business of those companies. We may also share Personal Information about website visitors with third parties when you consent to disclosure, to comply with law, court orders, or legal process; to enforce or apply our agreements or protect us and our rights, by operation of law, when such Personal Information is transferred as a part of sale of assets.

We will provide aggregated data about products and services purchased, visitor interests, demographics and other information collected from our Site to trade partners, advertisers and other interested parties so that they can learn what products and services are most popular to our customers. Aggregated data will be in anonymous group statistical form and not associated with any individual person.

We may obtain services from outside parties (for example from hosting providers) in various countries, some of which may not be considered to be countries with an adequate level of data protection, to assist us in operating the Site and in processing the information described in this Privacy Policy.

Except for these uses, we consider personal data collected through your visit of the Site as confidential, and treat it as such.

Updating and Accessing Personal Information

You are welcome to update Personal Information provided to us, such as informing us of a new mailing or email address. This will help us continue to provide information to you that best meets your needs. We comply with your right to update your Personal Data in our records. However, no changes to Personal Information will be permitted where the change would result in incorrect information or would alter a transaction with us already completed. You also have a right to request access to your Personal Information. All requests to update or access Personal Information will be subject to verification of your identity.

Cookies, Local Storage, Internet Tags

We use what is known as browser cookies to simplify the use of the Site and obtain information that can help us to improve the information and services made available through the Site. Cookies are small text files that your browser stores on your computer. We use cookies to make the Site to use and to better tailor the Site and our products to your interests and needs. Cookies may also be used to help speed up your future activities and experience on the Site. We also use cookies to compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how people use our Site and to help us improve their structure and content. You can change your browser settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your device. There are a number of ways to manage cookies. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about how to adjust or modify your browser settings.

There are other technologies that can be used for similar purposes, such as HTML5 local storage and local shared objects (LSOs). We may use such technologies for authenticating you, for keeping track of information you have provided to us, and for storing your preferences or information about your visit to a web page. If you prefer not to use such technologies, you may configure your browser not to accept it or to notify and require approval. Some parts of our Site may not function properly if such technologies are turned off.

Also, we may use what is known as “internet tags” (also called “web beacons”, “action tags”, “single-pixel GIFs”, “clear GIFs”, “invisible GIFs, and “1-by-1 GIFs). If you would like more information about web tags associated with online advertising or how to opt-out of third-party collection of information, please visit theNetwork Advertising Initiative website, an independent website.

Social Plugins

These Terms of Use and any disputes arising out of or in connection with it are subject to the substantive laws of Switzerland, and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts at our seat, subject to mandatory applicable law.

We may use so-called “social plug-ins” of various social networks, for example Facebook, Twitter or Google. These plug-ins are functions of the respective social network through which you can share content of our Site with your social media contacts, for instance, or recommend this content to others. Social plug-ins can be identified by the logo of the respective social network.

Via the integrated social plug-ins, the social network operators, which are usually located in the United States of America, will be informed that you have called up the respective pages of our Site. If you are logged into any of the social networks at the same time, the operator will be able to match the relevant call-ups with your account at the respective social network. Moreover, if you interact with social plug-ins, the relevant information will be forwarded to the respective social network. As far as we know, the following data will be transferred in the process: IP address, user identification if you are logged in at the relevant service, previously visited site (referrer) if you followed a link, type and settings of browser, plug-ins installed such as Adobe® Flash® or Adobe® Reader®, URL of the site which the social plug-in is embedded in, date and time of your visit, technical details of your operating system, location-based information, and cookies.

Even if you are not a member of any of the social networks listed above, it may be possible for them to find out your IP address via the social plug-in and store it. For details on the purpose and scope of data processing, collection and use by the social networks we are using, and on your rights and optional settings in this context, please refer to the social networks’ statements on data protection to be found on the respective websites.

You can deactivate any or all social plug-ins at any time. You may also be able to technically prevent any data transfer to social networks. To do so, please adjust the security settings in the web browser you are using. For instructions on how to do this, please refer to the Help section in your web browser. In individual cases it is also possible to block social plug-ins by means of add-ons for your browser.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies (see above) to help us analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Site Through the integration of the plugin, Google receives the information that you have called up the corresponding page of our Site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Site will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. However, your IP address will be truncated before it is passed on to Google in the USA (“IP masking”). The entire IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there only in exceptional cases. Google will use this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Site, compiling reports on Site activity for us and providing to us other services relating to Site activity and internet usage. You may refuse the use of cookies (see above). You can also opt out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on for your current web browser:

Data Security; Transfer Through the Internet

We use appropriate technical and organizational safeguards to protect Personal Information from loss, misuse or alteration. However, it is impossible to guarantee absolute security of Personal Information. Also, you should keep in mind that data transmitted through an open network such as the internet or an email service can be accessed openly. We cannot guarantee the confidentiality of messages or materials sent through such open networks. When you share Personal Information through an open network, you should be aware that third parties may access this information and collect and use it for their purposes. Even where the sender and the recipient are in the same country, data may be routed through other countries including such that do not have an adequate level of protection. Please use other means of communication where you consider this appropriate for security concerns. The transmission of all data from or to the Site occurs at your own risk, and we do not provide any warranties, express or implied, and will not have any liability in relation to such transmission.

Protection of Minors

We do not knowingly collect, process or disclose personal information from minors under the age of 13, without obtaining prior consent from parents or a person with parental responsibility.

Local Laws and Regulation

This Privacy Policy is intended to be in compliance with the applicable privacy laws and regulations of each country from which Personal Information is collected. To the extent the laws of a country prohibit us from using and sharing Personal Information in a way described in this Privacy Policy, the Privacy Policy and our practices shall be deemed modified to be consistent with such local laws.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at