Andreas Liebold hält zwei Fotos von der BBA-Statue hoch.

BigBrotherAwards 2003

No Future Store!

Retail conglomerate Metro AG receive a BigBrotherAward for their attempts to smuggle RFID chips into customer cards in their “Future Store”. A scandal that will make waves for years to come. Other winners are Deutsche Post Shop (following the award to their parent company in the previous year), the US government, the broadcasting licence fee collectors GEZ for their lifetime achievements, as well as T-Online. The communication company even sends a representative to pick up the award in person. That’s a good connection.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Consumer Protection (2003)

Metro AG

The Future Store Initiative, Metro AG receives an BigBrotherAward for their "Future Store Initiative" in which the Metro Group is propagating the use of transponders or so-called RFIDs ("Radio Frequency Identification" devices) in…

Government Authorities (2003)


The government of the USA earns a BigBrotherAward for the coercion of European and especially German airlines into granting various US authorities access to the vast amount of data related to the bookings of all passengers…


Rena Tangens am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Rena Tangens

Portraitaufnahme von Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILFM)
Frank Rosengart am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Frank Rosengart

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
Dr. Thilo Weichert am Redner.innepult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Dr. Thilo Weichert

DVD, Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise
Portraitaufnahme von Fredrik Roggan.

Dr. Fredrik Roggan

Humanistische Union (HU)
Werner Hülsmann am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2004.

Werner Hülsmann

Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung (FIfF)

Lutz Donnerhacke

Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft (FITUG)

Updates to the Awards 2003

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We would like to thank all helpers, the organizing and cooperating organizations and companies, as well as all donors.
To the complete acknowledgement

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.