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Malte Spitz

Secretary General

"Day after day we fight to defend our fundamental and human rights, we are the legal protection insurance of the fundamental law."

Malte Spitz is Secretary General of the GFF as well as an author, activist and civil rights and data protection consultant. He published the books "What are you doing with my data?" and "Data - The Oil of the 21st Century? Sustainability in the Digital Age" by Hoffmann und Campe. He is a member of the "Bündnis90/Die Grünen" Party Council at the federal level. Politically, he works primarily on the topics of media policy, civil rights and network policy. He speaks as a speaker and publishes on the topics of data protection and the digital transformation in business and society.

Malte Spitz has been advocating for fundamental and human rights for almost 20 years, especially in the context of digitization. He brings together the fundamental issues of digitization with the legal and political challenges of our time. Malte Spitz is the co-founder and Secretary General of the Society for Civil Rights and an internationally recognized speaker and expert on the political and legal issues of fundamental and human rights and digitization, especially data protection. He has already strengthened fundamental and human rights several times with the help of strategic lawsuits, including his lawsuit against Deutsche Telekom for information about the extensive data collection in data retention or the Freedom of Information lawsuit for the release of thousands of pages of unpublished surveys by the German government.

He is driven by the will to shape the digital future in the interests of fundamental and human rights and for the good of society. That's why he's fighting against too extensive competences of the police and intelligence services and the ever-increasing influence of large digital companies on our lives.

Topics for interviews and background discussions

  • Political shaping of digitalization (including algorithms, artificial intelligence, digital administration, control of large companies)
  • data protection and surveillance (both government agencies and the private sector)
  • ethical implications of digitalization
  • transparent and open politics and administration