What are the BigBrotherAwards?

Starting in 1998, these “negative” or “anti” awards are now presented annually in 19 countries. The German BigBrotherAwards were first presented in 2000. Award “winners” can be companies, institutions and persons who act in a prominent and sustained way to invade people's privacy or leak (personal) data to third parties. By highlighting individual stories that were researched in detail, we bring the relevant issues onto the political agenda and become a clear voice in the German privacy movement.

The “Awardees“ section in the menu above leads to details on all past and present awards, from about 2003 onwards most the content has been translated into English – in many cases we can offer full translations of award speeches including some additional hints on country-specific details. The “Press” menu contains information on the venue and other material. The “About us” section has more background, and “Support” links to resources for participation and donation (these are in German).


  • The latest BigBrotherAwards gala was held on 5 May 2017.
  • All award speeches have been published on the German and English “awardees” pages.

About BigBrotherAwards

The BigBrotherAwards highlight privacy and data protection offenders in business and politics, they have consequently been called “Oscars for data leeches” by the French paper Le Monde. BigBrotherAwards are an international project. 19 countries have so far given these awards for dubious practices.

The German awards are organised and held by  Digitalcourage. Among the co-organisers are the German Association for Data Protection (Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz, DVD), International League for Human Rights and the Chaos Computer Club.