BigBrotherAwards 2003

After one of the previous year’s awards had gone to Deutsche Post, it was now the turn of Deutsche Post Shop to be pinpointed in the “Workplace” category. Other BigBrotherAwards were given to German retail giant Metro’s Future Store with their clandestine RFID spychip rollout, to the TV and radio licence fee collectors Gebühreneinzugszentrale (GEZ) for their lifetime achievements, and to the US government.

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  • Friday, 11 June 2021, the BigBrotherAwards 2021 were awarded at the Hechelei in Bielefeld. Find the winners here.
  • The 2020 German BigBrotherAwards gala took place on Friday, 18 September 2020, at the Hechelei in Bielefeld. See here for more.
  • The BigBrotherAwards 2019 were bestowed on 8 June 2019 at Bielefeld Theatre. The winners can be found on our 2019 page.

Awardees 2003

Politics: Federal States

The Federal States Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia earn a BigBrotherAward for their efforts, riding on the issue of fighting terrorism, to tighten their states' police laws, allowing for drastic restrictions of elementary basic rights and liberties affecting a large number of unsuspicious people.

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.

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.