Rena Tangens und padeluun am Redner.innepult der BigBrotherAwards 2001. padeluun zeigt mit dem Zeigefinger Richtung Kamera.

Qualified as data leeches

At the second German BigBrotherAwards, two incumbent federal ministers are among the winners: Interior Minister Otto Schily and Economics Minister Werner Müller. Further awards go to a local school (the Hans-Ehrenberg-Gymnasium in Bielefeld), to the software company ProtectCom, and to RealNetworks. One award has a particularly lasting effect: It goes to the consulting company Informa and uncovers the practice of credit scoring, which has almost completely averted the public gaze so far.


Portraitaufnahme von Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILFM)
Rena Tangens am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Rena Tangens

Patrick Goltzsch am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2000.

Patrick Goltzsch

Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft (FITUG)
Ingo Ruhmann am Redner.innepult während der BigBrotherAwards 2001.

Ingo Ruhmann

FIfF e.V., "Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise"
Jens Ohlig am Redner.innenpult zu den BigBrotherAwrds 2001.

Jens Ohlig

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)

Updates to the Awards 2001

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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.