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.”

Max Schrems

Honorary Director/Lawyer, Austria

“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.”

Monika Riegler

Office Manager, Austria

“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.”

Stergios Konstantinou

Intern, Greece

“Fascinated by the interplay between technology and human rights, I joined noyb to make sure that private actors are also held responsible for privacy and data protection violations.”

Ioannis Kouvakas

Junior Lawyer, Greece

“As the majority doesn’t know details about data protection, I’m glad I can be part of building up an organization which is fighting for more transparency and the rights of private persons.”

Caroline Weingrill

Office Manager, Austria

“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!”

Alessandro Dato

Intern, Italy

“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.”

Gaëtan Goldberg

Junior Lawyer, France / Belgium

“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.”

Anas Zahed

Office Aid, Syria / Austria

Executive Board

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

Honorary Chairman, 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.”

Dr. Petra Leupold, LL.M. (UCLA)

Honorary Board Member, NOYB

“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

Honorary Board Member, NOYB

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

Member of the European Parliament, Germany

"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

Austria

"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

Former Director of Fundamental Rights, European Commission

"Privacy and data protection is part of our future. We should take good care of it."

Josef Weidenholzer

Member of the European Parliament, Austria

"GFF is the strategic partner of noyb in Germany. We share the common interest in strengthening human rights through strategic litigation."

Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte

Germany

"Individual rights must be respected in the digital sphere – that is why we need powerful representation."

Prof. Herwig Hofmann

Law Professor, University of Luxemburg

Key Partners

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

StartPage.com

The Netherlands

“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

Austria

“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)

Austria

“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

Norway

“There is an urgent need to ensure effective enforcement of privacy rights. We welcome the establishment of noyb.”

Electronic Privacy Information Center

USA

“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

Germany

“We are happy to work with noyb and provide our expertise in the are of privacy litigation in Ireland.”

ARQ Solicitors

Ireland