The foundation is managed by its director. Frederick Richter is lawyer by profession and passed the bar after law studies in Hamburg, Hanover and Vienna, specializing in the law of information technology. He has more than 10 years of experience in IT-related politics and policy counseling. He is a former Data Protection Officer of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), and advised one of the parliamentary groups in the German parliament on policy decisions regarding Internet and IT law.
Frederick is a member of the advisory council of the interdisciplinary AbiDa - Assessing Big Data project at the University of Münster, and an independent member of the Data Privacy Advisory Panel at AXA.
The work of the Stiftung Datenschutz is overseen by an administrative board. Its members are independent academics: Prof. Dr. Indra Spiecker, LL.M. (Georgetown Univ.) who holds a Chair in Information Law at Frankfurt Goethe University and Prof. Dr. Georg Borges, Director for Civil Law, Legal Informatics, German and International Business Law and Legal Theory at Saarland University.
Further board members are the heads of the relevant units of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Justice and for Consumer Protection. The members of the foundation’s advisory board represent a wide range of public institutions and media and business associations, as well as the political parties in the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament). All board members work on a honorary basis.