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BigBrotherAwards 2023

The 23rd German BigBrotherAwards were celebrated on 28 April 2023 at the Hechelei in Bielefeld. Recordings in German and English can be found here.

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The (unfortunate) Awardees

Authorities & Administration (2023)

Ministry of Finance

The BigBrotherAward 2023 in the category “Government and Administration” goes to the Federal Ministry of Finance, represented by the Finance Minister Christian Lindner. This BigBrotherAward is given for the Law on Tax Transparency…
Finances (2023)

finleap connect GmbH

The BigBrotherAward in the Finance category is given to the fintech company finleap for the fact that over several years, it has wrongly sent information about changes of bank accounts to organisations that have no stake in the…
Communication (2023)

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

The BigBrotherAward in the Communications category goes to Zoom Video Communications, Inc., which as a US-based company is obliged to share data with intelligence services, but still claims to be in compliance with the GDPR. Since…
Lifetime Award (2023)


The Big Brother Award 2023 in the category "Lifetime Achievement" goes to Microsoft, because with their market dominance, the company forces people, companies and government agencies to continually transmit data, and therefore to…
Consumer Protection (2023)

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Deutsche Post DHL Group receives the BigBrotherAward 2023 in the Consumer Protection category for their practices of digital coercion. Through changes in the operation of DHL’s parcel locker stations, they want to force customers…


Not to worry, we do not keep the roughly 150 awardees since the year 2000 under constant surveillance. We are not an intelligence agency! But we have followed some of them. Sadly, we currently do not have the capacity to translate our updates into English.

About BigBrotherAwards

In a compelling, entertaining and accessible format, we present these negative awards to companies, organisations, and politicians. The BigBrotherAwards highlight privacy and data protection offenders in business and politics, or as the French paper Le Monde once put it, they are the “Oscars for data leeches”.

Organised by (among others):

BigBrother Awards International (Logo)

BigBrotherAwards International

The BigBrotherAwards are an international project: Questionable practices have been decorated with these awards in 19 countries so far.


Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde

Frankfurt University of Applied Science
Frank Rosengart am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Frank Rosengart

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
padeluun am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.


Dr. Thilo Weichert am Redner.innepult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Dr. Thilo Weichert

DVD, Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise
Rena Tangens am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Rena Tangens


BigBrotherAwards in the Digitalcourage blog (German)

In Bielefeld und online!

BigBrotherAwards am 28. April 2023

Zweifelhafte Geschäftsmodelle, Politikerinnen im Überwachungswahn oder schnüffelnde Arbeitgeber – die BigBrotherAwards gehen auch in diesem Jahr wieder an die wahnwitzigsten und skrupellosesten Datenkraken in Wirtschaft und…