Geschmücktes Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2008.

Orwell’s Dreams

A “terror list” without any democratic supervision? This awful idea by the EU Council of Ministers truly deserves a BigBrotherAward! The German Ministry for Economics and Technology has not been idle either: they are busy constructing an Orwellian database to store wage data about all employees in Germany. The award follows suit. More awards go to Deutsche Telekom and to electricity provider Yello Strom.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Europe/EU (2008)

EU Ministers Council

The BigBrotherAward 2008 in the “Europe/EU” category goes to The Council of the European Union (EU Ministers Council) in Brussels, represented by the Council’s President, Bernard Kouchner / Secretary General, Javier Solana. The EU…
Workplace & Communications (2008)

Deutsche Telekom AG

The BigBrotherAward in the “Workplace and Communications” category goes to Deutsche Telekom AG (German Telecom, plc) for their illegal use of telecommunication connections data to snoop on Telekom supervisory board members and…
Politics (2008)


The BigBrotherAward 2008 in the category “Politics” goes to the Ministry of Economy and Technology, represented by Minister Michael Glos, for passing the law about the ELENA procedure und the associated forced introduction of the…
Consumers (2008)


The BigBrotherAward 2008 in the “Consumers” category goes to the Work Group of German Market and Social Research Institutes (Arbeitskreis Deutscher Markt- und Sozialforschungsinstitute e.V., ADM), represented by its chairman Mr…


Portraitaufnahme von Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILFM)
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 Fredrik Roggan.

Dr. Fredrik Roggan

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

Rena Tangens

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)

Updates to the Awards 2008

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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.