Gruppenfoto der BigBrotherAwards-Jury auf der Bühne.

Data leeches all over Germany

In 2006, we present the audience award for the first time. Viewers are invited to choose their “favourite” among the awardees. Their choice is the German Insurance Association. This is highly deserved, as insurers share data of millions of citizens without their knowledge. The competition is fierce, though. The state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the Conference of Interior Ministers and the Conference of Ministers for Education and Cultural Affairs are distinguished winners as well.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Technology (2006)


This year the Philips company accomplishes the BigBrotherAward in “Technology” for the specification that CD burners write their unique serial number on the CD and thus facilitate tracking of the storage medium to the burner.
Consumer Protection (2006)


The award in this category was well earned by the German Insurers’ Association for its “warnings and indications” database, which insurers use to exchange substantial amounts of data about millions of citizens — with undisclosed…
Reprimands & Commendation (2006)

Notes of Disapproval

Not all nominees for the Big Brother Award have made it. Several times, the jury had great difficulty not to sanction a violation of data protection with one of our unwanted prizes. But data leeches who think they might run off…


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 Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

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

Frank Rosengart

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
Portraitaufnahme von Karin Schuler.

Karin Schuler

Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz (DVD)
Rena Tangens am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Rena Tangens


Updates to the Awards 2006

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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.