Lampenschirme in Kugelform mit aufgemalter Iris (bunt), um Augen darzustellen.
Hechelei Bielefeld

BigBrotherAwards 2005

Big Otto is watching you!

Impressive: Former Interior Minister Otto Schily collects his second BigBrotherAward. After honoring him in the “Politics” category in 2001, the jury now awards his “Lifetime Achievement“. Proof that perseverance will pay off in the end, but also a clear sign that our work is very much needed. Other awards go to the government of Lower Saxony, the organising committee for the football world cup (represented by Franz Beckenbauer), and numerous judges and organisations that further video surveillance.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Lifetime Achievement (2005)

Otto Schily

Mr Otto Schily, former Federal Minister of the Interior of Germany earns a BigBrotherAward for the current undemocratic introduction of the biometric passport, the technology of which is still immature and unsafe and which causes…
Technology (2005)

Video surveillance

The BigBrotherAward in the category Technology goes to a number of very eager surveillance fetishists for the creeping degradation of citizens to objects of continual compulsory observation and playing down the consequences of…
Consumer Protection (2005)

FIFA World Cup 2006

The organising committee for the soccer World Cup within the German football association (Deutscher Fussballbund, DFB) - represented by Mr Franz Beckenbauer earns a BigBrotherAward for the inquisitorial questions asked in ticket…


Portraitaufnahme von Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

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

Rena Tangens

Werner Hülsmann am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2004.

Werner Hülsmann

Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung (FIfF)
Alvar Freude am Redner.innenpult während der BigBrotherAwards 2008.

Alvar Freude

Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft (FITUG)
Portraitaufnahme von Karin Schuler.

Karin Schuler

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

Dr. Fredrik Roggan

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



Updates to the Awards 2005

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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.