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.
Our noyb Office
For our office we are building a pan-European team of lawyers and experts. Besides answering initial inquiries and helping our members, the core task of the office is to work on our enforcement projects and to engage in the necessary research for strategic litigation. Our office team is the key factor to make sure that privacy becomes a reality for everyone.
“We are right now building the noyb office. We are working every day to build a strong organization for strategic privacy litigation.”
“Especially after the data scandal at Cambridge Analytica, I think there is a need to campaign for data protection. noyb is just the beginning and I’m happy to be part of it.”
“Personal data have become a highly valuable resource in today’s digital world. Data subjects have to acknowledge their rights and be able to successfully enforce them. I want to help noyb embed a new privacy and data protection culture into the digital world.”
“A resilient society needs strong digital rights. We help ensure these. That’s why I am glad to be part of noyb.”
“I am more than happy to be part of noyb from the very beginning on and to help building a strong organization to enforce our right to privacy.”
“I believe that as jurists we have the paramount responsibility for ensuring compliance with the law in order to protect citizens, especially in an era where technological developments has rendered this challenge increasingly difficult. I joined noyb to contribute to this goal.”
“One thing is to have rights, another thing is to enforce them. I joined noyb in the hope to bring the rights to privacy and data protection into action.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Our former interns
Our interns are an important part of our legal team and their contribution is crucial for our daily work. Our aim is to integrate every intern as actual member of our team and share practical experience with them. We are looking forward to collaborating with former legal interns in future.
“The advocacy for the protection of digital rights will shape the implementation of the GDPR in the EU. This is what makes Noyb’s vision so important and I feel very lucky to have the chance to contribute.”
“As the long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation has came into force, European citizens have the chance to protect their personal data and make privacy real now. I cannot be more excited to help noyb in this process!”
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."
"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."
"I support noyb because data protection is a fundamental right and a free society needs activists to make the right a reality for everyone."
"Privacy and data protection is part of our future. We should take good care of it."
"GFF is the strategic partner of noyb in Germany. We share the common interest in strengthening human rights through strategic litigation."
"Individual rights must be respected in the digital sphere – that is why we need powerful representation."
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 Beens
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“There is an urgent need to ensure effective enforcement of privacy rights. We welcome the establishment of noyb.”
“With noyb, Max Schrems is taking things to the next level. We welcome this project and are looking forward to working together with noyb.”
“We are happy to work with noyb and provide our expertise in the are of privacy litigation in Ireland.”