The European netID Foundation was established in March 2018 by Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, ProSiebenSat.1 and United Internet AG. The foundation pursues the goal of establishing netID as a European alternative to US single sign-on providers. With the netID Privacy Center, users can organize their consents for Internet services transparently and in compliance with data protection regulations. For this purpose, the foundation has developed an open standard that enables users across all industries to access all the internet services from the foundation’s partners using the same login data.
At launch, 35 million accounts provided by the foundation’s initiators were netID-ready.

The netID is a single sign-on solution for everyone. With our diverse partner packages, we make it as easy as possible for companies of any size to integrate the netID into their online offerings. We pursue a cross-industry approach: we cooperate with partners ranging from media providers to e-commerce, finance and logistics providers.

Would you like to know more about our services or are you already interested in a partnership with the European netID Foundation? Contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Further Development / Advisory Boards

The products and services of the European netID Foundation are designed to be market solutions. It is therefore essential that the relevant requirements of the different industry segments of the digital market, as well as regulatory requirements, are also considered in the medium and long term. Various advisory boards were set up for this purpose. In these advisory boards, company representatives contribute their expertise and discuss market-relevant requirements, along with their prioritization, for the future development of netID.

The different orientations of the technical advisory boards ensure that the broadest possible market perspective is considered.

The following lists detail the current advisory board members. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a member of an advisory board.

Members of the Data Protection Advisory Board:

  • Christoph Zippel, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, (Board Chairman)
  • Sven Gelzhäuser, 1&1 De-Mail
  • Dr. Sonja Geiring, ProSiebenSat.1 Media
  • Susanne Eichhorn, Telekom Deutschland

Members of the Data and Digitization Forum:

  • Prof. Dr. Rolf Schwartmann, TH Köln (Board Chairman)
  • Kristin Benedikt, Richterin am Verwaltungsgericht Regensburg/DSB VG Regensburg
  • Dr. Stefan Hanloser, ProSiebenSat.1
  • Michael Hattermann, 1&1
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Henner Hentsch, TH Köln/DSB game
  • Sebastian Kocks, RTL
  • Dr. Claus-Dieter Ulmer, Deutsche Telekom
  • Dr. Nadja Kroha, Allianz

Members of the E-Commerce Advisory Board:

  • Dr. Jana Lorbeer, Otto Group (Board Chairman)
  • Michael Wolter, ProSiebenSat.1 NuCom Group
  • Michael Knaupe, DPD Deutschland
  • Martin Riess, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland /Sparwelt
  • Markus Steireif, 1&1 Mail & Media Applications

Members of the Financial Services Advisory Board:

  • Stephan Vila, Creditreform Boniversum (Board Chairman)
  • Marco Kaiser, Arvato Financial Solutions
  • Ulf Meyer, SWK-Bank
  • Uwe Stelzig, Identity Trust Management
  • Kay Andorf, 1&1 De-Mail
  • Alexander Büchsenschütz, Telekom Deutschland
  • Dr Hartmut Schott, Schufa
  • Wilhelm Niehoff, Bank-Verlag

Members of the Publishing/Ad Sales Advisory Board:

  • Matthias Ross, Quantyoo (Board Chairman)
  • Fahim Alefi, ProSiebenSat.1 Digital Data
  • Steffen Bax, iq Digital Media
  • Robert Blanck, Axel Springer SE
  • Christine Fettich, Süddeutsche Zeitung Digitale Medien
  • Jeannine Klar, United Internet Media
  • Mihaela Schmidt, RTL
  • Thomas Peruzzi, Virtual Minds
  • Ekkehardt Schlottbohm, Pubmatic
  • Sven Scholze, United Internet Media
  • Johannes Paysen, Magnite
  • Torsten Topaloglu, Ströer Digital Media
  • Stéphane Printz, Index Exchange
  • Christian Walter, The Trade Desk
  • Lars Schlimbach, Deutsche Post
  • Thomas Mendrina, Xandr

Members of the Advertising Board:

  • Tobias Wegmann, Prex, Mediaplus (Board Chairman)
  • Benedict Gründig, Criteo
  • Sven Wegholz, Publicis
  • Marko Witte, PIA Media
  • Jens Depenau, GroupM
  • Daniel Gerold, AdAlliance

Members of the Austria Board:

  • Markus Bacher, ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4 (Board Chairman)
  • Harald Gutschi, Handelsverband Österreichisch
  • Manuela Ratzenböck, Östereichische Post
  • Michael Kargl, AZ Direct
  • Matthias Zottl, IP
  • Matthias Weinelt, United Internet Media

Board of Directors

Uli Hegge

Uli Hegge has been CEO of the European netID Foundation since January 2024 and is therefore responsible for the foundation's strategic direction and operations. Uli Hegge has been active in the market for a long time and knows many perspectives and topics from his own experience: German Research Network, in the project management of, as GF at G+J EMS and Burda companies, as co-founder and long-time CEO of 7d/wunderloop, CSO at comdirect Bank (marketing/sales and product), VP Central Europe and subsequently responsible for Regulatory Affairs (global) at AppNexus, as SVP at InfoSum and as a member of advisory and supervisory boards. Photo: Raimar v. Wienskowski

Foundation Board

The Foundation Board is composed of representatives of the founding organizations along with experts from the fields of law and economics. Carsten Schwecke, from Seven.One Media, is chairman of the foundation board.

Dr. Friedbert Pflüger

Dr. Friedbert Pflüger, State Secretary (ret.), has worked in leading positions in politics, administration, economy and science for more than three decades. He is Chairman of the think tank Internet Economy Foundation (IE.F) in Berlin.

Matthias Dang

Chief Commercial, Technology & Data Officer at RTL Deutschland

Carsten Schwecke

Managing Board Seven.One Media, Chairman of the foundation board