Die Jury-Mitglieder der BigBrotherAwards 2004 stehen auf der Bühne.

BigBrotherAwards 2004

Diagnosis: data hoarding mania

The award given to Lidl has future reverberations (if we may take a glance down the line): In a few years it will lead to a seven-digit fine and very bad publicity for the German discount retailer. Health Minister Ulla Schmidt is responsible for a law to “modernise” statutory health insurance, bringing massive degradations for patients data protection. As an antidote, she is given a BigBrotherAward, without prescription or electronic health card. Her colleague, Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries receives another award, as she continues to rely on "grand eavesdropping" as an instrument of law enforcement. Ears wide open, then: Congratulations on the BigBrotherAward!

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Health & Social Issues (2004)

Ulla Schmidt

The Big Brother Award in the "Health and Social Issues" category is awarded to the Federal Minister for Health and Social Security, Ms Ulla Schmidt for the bill for the reform of the national health insurance, which came into…
Business & Consumer Protection (2004)


The BigBrotherAward in the "Business and Consumer Protection" category goes to Tchibo for the practice of forwarding their customers' data to the marketing company Arvato / AZ Direct.
Technology (2004)


Canon Germany - An ID number storied in photocopying machines is invisibly printed on *all* copies. As each copier has an individual number, the source of a copy can be traced. This is sold as a feature to protect against…
Industrial Relations (2004)


Summary: The Big Brother Award in the "Industrial Relations" category is won by the Lidl Stiftung ("Foundation"), Co., in Neckarsulm, represented by the founder and "godfather" of the group, Dieter Schwarz for the almost slave…


padeluun am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.


Werner Hülsmann am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2004.

Werner Hülsmann

Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung (FIfF)
Frank Rosengart am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Frank Rosengart

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
Portraitaufnahme von Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILFM)
Portraitaufnahme von Karin Schuler.

Karin Schuler

Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz (DVD)
Portraitaufnahme von Fredrik Roggan.

Dr. Fredrik Roggan

Humanistische Union (HU)
Rena Tangens am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Rena Tangens


Updates to the Awards 2004

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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.