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Answer

You have the right to mandate an NGO to lodge a complaint on your behalf when the following  conditions are fulfilled:

  1. the NGO is constituted in accordance with the law;
  2. the NGO pursues a public interest objective (for example improving citizens’ life in the consumer area);
  3. the NGO is active in the area of data protection.

The complaint can be filed both before the relevant Data Protection Authority and also, if the case arises, before a judicial authority. In certain EU Member States, national legislation allows an NGO to lodge a complaint without your mandate.  

References

  • Article 80 and Recital (142) of the GDPR