About SOMI

The Foundation for Market Information Research (SOMI) is a non-profit organization set up to identify and influence issues of social importance. Among other things, SOMI is committed to protecting the fundamental rights of consumers and minors who use online services. Below you will find information about our foundation, the board of directors, and the supervisory board, including our articles of association. You can also read our FAQs for more information about how our foundation works.

Past actions

Palantir Claim

It’s the so-called most “secretive” software company specialized in big data analytics with a track record of working for the US intelligence agencies such as FBI, CIA and NSA.

Zoom Claim

The video calling service Zoom has been discredited for data leaks and privacy violations, especially during the period of COVID-19 lockdown.

Collective Data Request

Do you actually know what data is being collected about you? Your locations, personality, your preferences and favorites. But also your car, your income, your health, political opinion.

Bank Cartel Research

The project is an investigation into the role and consequences of the actions of the European Central Bank for the wealth and prosperity of Dutch consumers.

Board of Directors



Jan van den Broek is an all-round financial specialist. He has been active for 45 years, including 15 years at Deloitte accountancy. He has worked for many large and small companies. He currently has his own financial advisory office. Based on his financial expertise and his skills as a coach, he has devoted himself to the interests of children in recent years. He is treasurer at various foundations.



Hans Franke graduated in business administration and law. After graduating, he worked as a lawyer in the areas of collective advocacy for stockholders and the development of investments in commercial forestry to reduce the pressure on natural forest land. He currently works for various companies and partnerships, both in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.



Philip Vromen has been active in education for years, as director of a primary school and later as a trainer, advisor, and coach for school management. He is experienced in managing foundations. For ten years he was general director of the Lek en IJssel Foundation, a collaboration of a number of schools in primary education. Mr. Vromen was a board member of our foundation since its establishment and was a part of Kenniscentrum Vastgoedfinanciering campaign.

Supervisory Board



Jan Huijnk has been a teacher for fifteen years, among other things. He currently runs several of his own companies, including one that provides distance learning in Eastern Europe for 35,000 students. In 1997, he won the Eastern Europe prize for social and economic activities in Ukraine. He was also a board member of our foundation since its establishment and was a part of Kenniscentrum Vastgoedfinanciering campaign.



Wijnand Prins is an educational professional and has been highly involved in the social sector. He is currently a policy advisor at the MBO Rijnland. He is concerned with the well-being of young people, partly in the context of their positioning in the labor market. Mr. Prins is actively involved in the development of (higher) professional education (HBO / MBO / ROC). He is the initiator of various projects and advises the board of various organizations with regard to vocational education. Mr. Prins is or has been involved with various foundations as founder, chairman, board member, or advisor.



Cor Wijtvliet is an analytical expert in the financial field. For the past 36 years, he has been involved in consultancy in the financial sector. Since 2000, he has been working on themes in the social and economic domain. He has conducted such studies for, among others, Van Lanschot Bankiers for 11 years. He currently has his own research firm that provides services to small and medium-sized companies in the financial sector. Mr. Wijtvliet has been involved with SOMI since its establishment, first as a board member and now as a member of the supervisory board. He regularly posts about this case in blogs and newsletters.



Menno has more than 20 years of work experience in the field of tech & privacy, he has been a lawyer for a long time. Menno has an entrepreneurial mindset: he is co-founder of IncPlus (a start-up incubator) and the legal-tech startup DocBldr/VraagHugo. Menno is also a member of the editorial board of the magazine "Tijdschrift voor Internetrecht", and a board member of the Dutch Association for Information Technology and Law. Menno is ambassador at the Dutch Startup Association and commissioner at the Security of Things Fund. Lastly, Menno can be heard regularly on BNR Nieuwsradio. The membership as Supervisory Board is in a personal capacity.


By registering with SOMI you can enjoy a number of benefits:

Collective action

As a collective, we have a very solid negotiating position based on European legislation for privacy and consumer protection.

Knowledge center

SOMI investigates digital services and focuses on transparency with regard to the use of personal data and the relevant risks.


SOMI will also act as the voice for consumer groups in the media and a discussion partner for the government and other parties.

How does a claim process at SOMI work?

SOMI consists of a team of IT and legal experts who are the best in their field. Once we find a case in which the rights of a large group of people are being violated, we will start a claim process as below:

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

The Foundation for Market Information Research (SOMI) is a non-profit organization set up to identify and influence issues of social importance. Among other things, SOMI is committed to protecting the fundamental rights of consumers and minors who use online services. SOMI investigates abuses, informs the public, and helps disadvantaged people. SOMI does this, among other things, by conducting collective proceedings and claiming compensation.

The full statutory purpose of SOMI is included in our statutes. You can find it here.
SOMI is a non-profit foundation. We have an independent board of three members. The members are listed above. The board is responsible for the day-to-day running of the foundation. SOMI also has an independent supervisory board. The members of the Supervisory Board are also listed above. The supervisory board supervises and controls the board. The members of the board and the supervisory board have the specific expertise and experience that are necessary for an adequate representation of the interests as described in SOMI's statutory objective.
Click here for SOMI's articles of association.
SOMI is currently funded by its board members. Registration with SOMI was free from the start of the campaign until the moment the summons is being served, we will start to charge a one-off registration fee of € 17.50. This amount will be used to finance the collective proceedings.
The members of the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board receive an hourly rate of € 75 for their work for the collective actions, such as for TikTok claim.
With the SOMI app, you can instruct us to manage your personal data and to enforce your rights on your behalf against companies and organizations that process your personal data. For example, we can make a request for access on your behalf or request that your personal data be deleted. You can also register for collective procedures of SOMI via the SOMI app.


Articles of association (NL)
Claim code compliance statement (NL)
Supervisory report (available soon)
Management report (available soon)

Your privacy in your own hands!

Ever wondered how much the online world knows about you, or what you can learn from it? With the SOMI app, all your personal data becomes yours again.

With the SOMI app you can:

  • Request your personal data at the touch of a button;
  • Partially or fully remove your data stored by third parties;
  • Claiming damage when your data is not properly managed;
  • Check if your data has been exposed on the Dark Web.

SOMI is also available for data processors. With SOMI you can:

  • Securely follow up on GDPR data requests in real time;
  • Verify persons who request their data via the app.

SOMI offers you a platform for GDPR communication. All at the touch of a button.

SOMI. All your data. All yours.


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Let's stand together against the big companies that are stealing our data and violating our privacy.

With SOMI, we have a strong negotiating position on data privacy and consumer protection, so you can count on us to represent your interests. The main benefits of participating in SOMI's actions are:

  • Through the collective claim, we send a signal to companies and institutions.
  • Together, we fight for control over your personal data.
Register for SOMI
Let's stand together against the big companies that are stealing our data and violating our privacy.



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