Our Team, Members and Partners
The success of any project depends on a strong, experienced team and a network of partners. We are proud to have assembled a European team with experience in the areas of privacy, data protection, consumer rights and tech.
The Board of Directors (“Vorstand”) sets the long term goals, reviews the operations of the organization and meets on a regular basis. The Board of Directors is elected by the organization’s general assembly. According to the Articles of Incorporation of noyb all Board Members strictly act on a pro bono (volunteer) basis.
The Board will appoint a full-time Managing Director (“Geschäftsführer“), who runs the daily operations of noyb, once it is established.
“We have solid privacy laws in Europe, but we need to collectively enforce them, to bring privacy to the living room of users. noyb will work on making privacy a reality for everyone. I am happy to provide my personal experience and network to noyb.”Mag. Max Schrems
“Data protection and the right to privacy are core consumer rights. I want to help guide this organization to be a robust advocate for consumer privacy and – as a representative of the Austrian consumer protection agency (VKI) – support it with our longstanding expertise in consumer law enforcement.”Dr. Petra Leupold, LL.M. (UCLA)
“As chairman of ‘epicenter.works’ I have been working on government surveillance for years. We successfully challenged the EU data retention directive. As a board member of noyb, I am looking forward to closing the enforcement gap in the private sector.”Dr. Christof Tschohl
Expert & Institutional Members
There are two types of ordinary members in noyb. Expert members are people who are experts in their field and support noyb with their membership dues, expertise, work and personal contacts. Institutional members are organizations and legal persons who support noyb with funding and services. Together these individual and institutional members form the “general assembly” of noyb. The general assembly elects the Board of Directors. This structure is intended to ensure an independent, stable and long-term operation, as well as the inclusion of key players in the European privacy and digital rights community. We are happy to welcome the following experts and institutions among our members, but we are always looking for fresh support, insight and assistance from distinguished individuals.
"I have fought for good privacy protections in GDPR. Now the law has to be enforced in practice. I hope noyb can help with this aim."Jan-Philipp Albrecht
"Vienna positioned itself as a city of human rights. The right to privacy is the defining fundamental right in the digital transformation. Therefore the City supports the creation of a center for digital rights."City of Vienna
"I support noyb because data protection is a fundamental right and a free society needs activists to make the right a reality for everyone."Paul Nemitz
"Privacy and data protection is part of our future. We should take good care of it."Josef Weidenholzer
"GFF is the strategic partner of noyb in Germany. We share the common interest in strengthening human rights through strategic litigation."Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte
"Individual rights must be respected in the digital sphere – that is why we need powerful representation."Prof. Herwig Hofmann
In addition to expert and institutional members, noyb is building a network of strategic partners that are important for the enforcement of your rights. They include law firms, legal financing companies, consumer rights organizations and institutions in the areas of tech and privacy.
“EU privacy laws need to be enforced. noyb will be able to do this. They have a very impressive track record, and seem ideally positioned to fight for our digital rights. The European Privacy Search engine StartPage.com fully supports noyb. They will be a privacy force to reckon with!” – Robert BeensStartPage.com
“Data is the currency of every day life and VKI sees its privacy as a critical function of consumer protection. We are looking forward to cooperating with noyb on behalf of the Austrian consumers.”Verein für Konsumenteninformation
“We are looking forward to cooperating with noyb on the technical level. Bringing technical and legal knowledge together has huge potential for more stringent privacy protections.”Chaos Computer Club Wien (c3w)
“The right to privacy and data protection is also a consumer right. It is therefore important to work across borders and sectors to ensure that our rights are upheld in the digital age.”Forbrukerrådet
“There is an urgent need to ensure effective enforcement of privacy rights. We welcome the establishment of noyb.”Electronic Privacy Information Center
“With noyb, Max Schrems is taking things to the next level. We welcome this project and are looking forward to working together with noyb.”Roland Prozessfinanz AG
“We are happy to work with noyb and provide our expertise in the are of privacy litigation in Ireland.”ARQ Solicitors