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Profile of registrant

Bits of Freedom

Identification number in the register: 01826979097-76
Registration date: 05/07/12 16:16:57

The information on this organisation was last modified on 23/06/14 15:25:59
The date of the last annual update was 23/06/14 15:25:59

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Bits of Freedom
Acronym: BoF
Legal status: Stichting
Website address:


Section: III - Non-governmental organisations
and more precisely: Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Joris van Hoboken
Position: President

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Hans de Zwart
Position: Director

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 208 Bickersgracht 
P.O. box: 10746
Amsterdam 1013LH
Telephone number: (+31) 644995711
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Press & communications:

Mr. Tim Toornvliet (
+31 (0)6 1860 6472

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: Bits of Freedom is the Dutch digital rights organization, focusing on privacy and communications freedom in the digital age. Bits of Freedom strives to influence legislation and self-regulation, on a national and a European level.

Freedom and privacy on the internet are under threat, with far-reaching consequences for the daily lives of millions of internet users. Their data are being collected ever more frequently and for an ever longer period. Their access to websites can be blocked. It is even being proposed to cut off users from the internet altogether. Meanwhile, the development of innovative services is also under threat.

The coming years will be decisive for the future of privacy and freedom on the internet. Now, we need to ensure that each internet user can decide for her- or himself what happens to their private data. Now, we have to act to make sure that each internet user can continue to enjoy an open and free internet without borders.

Bits of Freedom stands up for your freedom and privacy on the internet. We fight for an internet that is open for everyone, where everyone can continue sharing information, and where private communication remains private. Our strength is combining a broad range of expertise, a constructive lobby where possible, and sharp action where necessary.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national
  • European

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Bits of Freedom's main activities are related to privacy and control of personal data, government surveillance, copyright legislation, ACTA, cyber security, net neutrality, internet filters and data breaches.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Foreign and Security Policy and Defence
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Research and Technology


Total number of members that are natural persons: 0
Number of member organisations: 0
Member organisations (Number of members) :
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Bits of Freedom is a founding member of EDRi (European Digital Rights).

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2013 - 12/2013
Total budget: 455,000
of which public financing:
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources:
- from local/regional sources:
from other sources: 455,000
- donations: 455,000
- contributions from members:
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.