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</p> <p>Who is behind noyb? How did this project start?</p> <p>
noyb is the brain child of Max Schrems, a lawyer and privacy activist. In addition to Max, the Board of Directors consists of Christof Tschohl, a lawyer and privacy expert and Petra Leupold, a lawyer and consumer rights expert.
Max Schrems has brought a number of successful legal cases in the area of privacy and data protection. His cases (e.g. against Facebook and the EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement) were widely reported, mainly because no one so far has brought cases in this area. Max has for a long time circulated the idea of a professional privacy enforcement NGO (similar to consumer rights organizations), that takes care of this issue on behalf of users that are usually unable to bring cases against large corporations. This idea was supported by many people and is hopefully becoming a reality through noyb.
Christof Tschohl successfully challenged data retention laws and is the Chairman of epicenter.works engaged in securing your online rights and freedoms.
Petra Leupold is the Managing Director of the VKI-Academy, the research academy of the Austrian Consumer Protection Association. She brings invaluable general consumer protection experience to the table and helps to bridge the gap between the tech and the consumer worlds.
The members of noyb include Members of the European Parliament, Experts from the European Commission, Law Professors and Technicians.
Do the Board Directors and the members of noyb work on a pro bono basis?
What will noyb focus on? …and why?
noyb will focus on commercial privacy issues on a European level, i.e. privacy violations of your digital rights as a private citizen by companies and corporations. After GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into force in May 2018, commercial privacy violations can be enforced on a European level, which allows much more effective procedures and strategic litigation. So far no organization has targeted this area.
noyb does not plan to be directly involved in issues of government surveillance, because they are often already being addressed by existing NGOs or local political groups. Additionally, national government surveillance groups are much better equipped to challenge violations because government surveillance can usually not be challenged on a European level, but in the relevant national courts of the government in question. At the same time, noyb will be aiming to cooperate with groups in this sector.
Wouldn’t it be the job of Data Protection Agencies (DPAs) to enforce privacy rights?
Under the law the Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) should enforce our rights in each EU member state. However, in practice, there are legal, political and factual reasons (e.g. limited resources) that limit the desire and ability of DPAs to do their job.
noyb will neither try to replace nor bypass DPAs, but function as a non-government organization that brings important issues to the attention of DPAs, enforces the law in civil court or directly engages with companies.
The upcoming new data protection regulation (“GDPR”) recognizes that NGOs can be an important watchdog for human rights and foresees special rights under Article 80 of the law. noyb wants to bring Article 80 to life on a European level.
How can I support noyb?
We are mainly looking for long-term supporting members, which allow us to build a stable financial basis for an ongoing operation.
However, we are also looking for donations in kind (e.g. software products, free legal services, office space and alike) and are also happy about one time donations. Finally, we are also looking for volunteers that may be able to help. Check out the “Support” page for more information about how you can support us.
What is the legal status of noyb?
Are noyb’s articles of association (“Statuten”) available online?
What does "noyb" stand for?
Supporting Membership & Crowdfunding
In which languages can I contact noyb?
Can I choose the amount I want to support noyb with?
What is a “supporting member”?
What are the “goodies” noyb plans?
What are “gold” and “silver” members?
Can I cancel my membership any time?
What are the donations used for?
What are the financial aims of the noyb campaign?
What if these financial goals cannot be reached?
Is the support for noyb tax deductible?
Can I withdraw from my supporting mebership?
Yes. Within 14 days you can let us know that you don’t want to be a member anymore.
After 14 days you can still cancel your membership at any time, but already paid membership fees are not refundable.