Privacy Policy

The EVOLVE Project is made up of Aquatera Limited, The University of Edinburgh, Orbital Marine Power Limited, CorPower Ocean AB, Wave EC – Offshore Renewables and the Research Institutes of Sweden.  The purpose of the EVOLVE Project is to demonstrate the important role that ocean energy can play in Europe’s future low carbon energy system not only by supplying power to Europe’s grid, but also by enabling a more diverse energy mix and cost-effective matching of energy supply and demand.

EVOLVE is committed to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy explains how your personal information is collected, used, and disclosed by EVOLVE.

This Privacy Policy applies to our website, and its associated subdomains (collectively, our “Service”). By accessing or using our Service, you signify that you have read, understood, and agree to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service.

Definitions and key terms

To help explain things as clearly as possible in this Privacy Policy, every time any of these terms are referenced, are strictly defined as: 

  • Cookie: small amount of data generated by a website and saved by your web browser. It is used to identify your browser, provide analytics, remember information about you such as your language preference or login information. 
  • Consortium: when this policy mentions “Consortium,” “we,” “us,” or “our,” it refers to the EVOLVE Project Partners which include Aquatera Limited, The University of Edinburgh, Orbital Marine Power Limited, CorPower Ocean AB, Wave EC – Offshore Renewables and the Research Institutes of Sweden who are responsible for your information under this Privacy Policy. 
  • Device: any internet connected device such as a phone, tablet, computer or any other device that can be used to visit EVOLVE and use the services. 
  • IP address: Every device connected to the Internet is assigned a number known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. These numbers are usually assigned in geographic blocks. An IP address can often be used to identify the location from which a device is connecting to the Internet. 
  • Personal Data: any information that directly, indirectly, or in connection with other information — including a personal identification number — allows for the identification or identifiability of a natural person. 
  • Service: refers to the service provided by EVOLVE as described in the relative terms (if available) and on this platform. 
  • Third-party service: refers to advertisers, contest sponsors, promotional and marketing partners, and others who provide our content or whose products or services we think may interest you. 
  • Website: EVOLVE’s site, which can be accessed via this URL: 

Information automatically collected

There is some information like your Internet Protocol (IP) address and/or browser and device characteristics — is collected automatically when you visit our platform via Google Analytics. This information may be used to connect your computer to the Internet. Other information collected automatically could be a login, e-mail address, password, computer and connection information such as browser plug-in types and versions and time zone setting, operating systems and platforms, purchase history, (we sometimes aggregate with similar information from other Users), the full Uniform Resource Locator (URL) clickstream to, through and from our Website that may include date and time; cookie number; parts of the site you viewed or searched for; and the phone number you used to call our Customer Services. We may also use browser data such as cookies, Flash cookies (also known as Flash Local Shared Objects) or similar data on certain parts of our Website for fraud prevention and other purposes. During your visits, we may use software tools such as JavaScript to measure and collect session information including page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page. We may also collect technical information to help us identify your device for fraud prevention and diagnostic purposes. 

We automatically collect certain information when you visit, use or navigate the platform. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, browser and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about who and when you use our and other technical information. This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of our platform, and for our internal analytics and reporting purposes.

Your Consent

We’ve updated our Privacy Policy to provide you with complete transparency into what is being set when you visit our site and how it’s being used. By using our website, you hereby consent to our Privacy Policy and agree to its terms.

Links to Other Websites

This Privacy Policy applies only to the Services. The Services may contain links to other websites not operated or controlled by EVOLVE. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or opinions expressed in such websites, and such websites are not investigated, monitored or checked for accuracy or completeness by us. Please remember that when you use a link to go from the Services to another website, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other website, including those that have a link on our platform, is subject to that website’s own rules and policies. Such third parties may use their own cookies or other methods to collect information about you.


EVOLVE uses “Cookies” to identify the areas of our website that you have visited. A Cookie is a small piece of data stored on your computer or mobile device by your web browser. We use Cookies to enhance the performance and functionality of our website but are non-essential to their use. However, without these cookies, certain functionality like videos may become unavailable or you would be required to enter your login details every time you visit the website as we would not be able to remember that you had logged in previously. Most web browsers can be set to disable the use of Cookies. However, if you disable Cookies, you may not be able to access functionality on our website correctly or at all. We never place Personally Identifiable Information in Cookies.

Blocking and disabling cookies and similar technologies

Wherever you’re located you may also set your browser to block cookies and similar technologies, but this action may block our essential cookies and prevent our website from functioning properly, and you may not be able to fully utilize all of its features and services. You should also be aware that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences) if you block cookies on your browser. Different browsers make different controls available to you. Disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser, you will need to do this yourself from within your browser, you should visit your browser’s help menu for more information. 

Kids' Privacy

If you are under 18, you may use our Website only with consent from and under the supervision of a parent or guardian. 

Third-Party Services

We may display, include or make available third-party content (including data, information, applications and other products services) or provide links to third-party websites or services (“Third- Party Services”). 

You acknowledge and agree that EVOLVE shall not be responsible for any Third-Party Services, including their accuracy, completeness, timeliness, validity, copyright compliance, legality, decency, quality or any other aspect thereof. EVOLVE does not assume and shall not have any liability or responsibility to you or any other person or entity for any Third-Party Services. 

Third-Party Services and links thereto are provided solely as a convenience to you and you access and use them entirely at your own risk and subject to such third parties’ terms and conditions. 

What is personal data?

Any data that relates to an identifiable or identified individual. The General Data Protection Regulation (UK and EU versions) cover a broad spectrum of information that could be used on its own, or in combination with other pieces of information, to identify a person. Personal data extends beyond a person’s name or email address. Some examples include financial information, political opinions, genetic data, biometric data, IP addresses, physical address, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. 

The Data Protection Principles include requirements such as: 

  • Personal data collected must be processed in a fair, legal, and transparent way and should only be used in a way that a person would reasonably expect. 
  • Personal data should only be collected to fulfil a specific purpose and it should only be used for that purpose. 
  • Organisations must specify why they need the personal data when they collect it. 
  • Personal data should be held no longer than necessary to fulfil its purpose.

What personal data will we collect?

If you complete our stakeholder submission form we will collect the following personal data:

  • Name; and
  • Email address.  

We will collect information related to your business and organisation i.e. the name of your business, type of business activity, location of your business and information about your business website.  

How we process personal data

The law requires Data Controllers to provide individuals with information about how their personal data is processed. This section explains the purposes for which your personal data may be used when you sign up to be a member of the Project or make an enquiry about the Project and the lawful basis under which your personal data is processed. These purposes include:

Project communications

If you have opted in to receive project communications from us, we will process your personal information (your name, address, contact details and other personal information you’ve given us) to provide you with project communications in line with any preferences.  We rely on your consent to contact you for project communication purposes.

You can unsubscribe from our project communications at any time at

When you phone, email or contact us on social media

When you phone or email us with general queries, we may process your personal information (your name, address, contact details and other personal information you’ve given us) in order to provide the customer services you have asked us to. We process your information on the basis of our legitimate interest.

What will my personal data be used for?

The personal data collected will be used to assist project partners with stakeholder engagement activities and ensure you are kept up to date with the latest news associated with the EVOLVE Project. 

Sharing your personal data

We will only share your personal data with the Consortium members.

Where is my data stored?

When you submit a form via our website, the data will be hosted in Google Data Centres.  A complete list of Google’s Data Centre’s can be found here.  Some of your data may, therefore, be processed outside of the UK or European Economic Area. 

Data Retention

We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting or administrative requirements. We typically will hold your data for the duration of the Project and up to 1 year following the completion of the Project.

What are my rights under GDPR

You have various rights under GDPR, which you can exercise by contacting us.  The easiest way to do this is by email to

  • right to request access to your personal information – you can request a copy of the personal information we hold on you;
  • right to request correction of your personal information – if any personal information we hold on you is incorrect, you can request to have it corrected;
  • right to request erasure of your personal information – you can ask us to delete your personal information in certain circumstances;
  • right to object to processing or restrict processing of your personal information – you may object to our processing of your personal data in certain circumstances;
  • right to request the transfer of your personal information – to provide you, or a third party you have chosen, with your personal information; and
  • right to withdraw consent – where we process your data on the basis of consent, you can notify us that you want to withdraw consent any time.
  • right to complain – if you have any data protection complaints, you may contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) by post at Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Email: Telephone: 0303 123 1113.

Encryption of data sent between us

We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates to verify our identity to your browser and to encrypt any data you give us. Whenever information is transferred between you and us, you can check that it is done using SSL by looking for a closed padlock symbol or other trust mark in your browser’s URL bar or toolbar. 

Governing Law

This Privacy Policy is governed by the laws of Scotland without regard to its conflict of laws provision. You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in connection with any action or dispute arising between the parties under or in connection with this Privacy Policy except for those individuals who may have rights to make claims under Privacy Shield, or the Swiss-US framework. 

The laws of Scotland, excluding its conflicts of law rules, shall govern this Agreement and your use of the website. 

By using EVOLVE or contacting us directly, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, you should not engage with our website, or use our services. Continued use of the website, direct engagement with us, or following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy that do not significantly affect the use or disclosure of your personal information will mean that you accept those changes. 

Changes To Our Privacy Policy

We keep our Privacy Policy under regular review.  This Privacy Policy was last updated on the date below.  It is likely that as the Project proceeds that we may change this Privacy Policy from time to time.  You are, therefore, advised to check this Policy from time to time.  If you sign up to receive email updates from the Project, we will inform you whenever we update our Privacy Policy. 

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Version 1.0 – 20 September 2021