BigBrotherAwards 2009

After ten years of German BigBrotherAwards, it is time to look back. Even though the topic now has a greater presence in society, many businesses and governments still engage in a huge data hoarding mania. Such as Berlin’s Local Organising Committee of the World Championships in Athletics, and many businesses. These activities also depend on German companies offering surveillance technologies for Internet and telephone networks. They all received a BigBrotherAward!

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The Jury 2009

Rena Tangens & padeluun, FoeBuD e.V., Karin Schuler Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz e.V., Frank Rosengart Chaos Computer Club e.V., Dr. Fredrik Roggan Humanistische Union e.V., Dr. Rolf Gössner Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte, Alvar Freude Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft e.V.


  • 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 2009

Sport: World Championships in Athletics

The BigBrotherAward in the “Sports” category goes to the Local Organising Committee of the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, Berlin. It is given for their forcing journalists to agree to a comprehensive check of their personal data by the security authorities. Barely disguised under a cloak named “security”, they have committed a serious offence against a fundamental value of the free state: the freedom of the press.

Workplace: Claas GmbH

The BigBrotherAward 2009 in the “Workplace” category goes to all those consumed by the delusion that you will get productive and motivated staff if you subject them to comprehensive monitoring and make their performance measurable by numbers. As a representative and winner on points, farm machines manufacturer Claas Landmaschinen (internationally known as Claas Group) receives the award for the bugged harvesting machines.

Trends and Outlook

More and more data is raised “incidentally”. Some could be avoided, but not all. We must think about rules that could make a digitally networked world worth living in – each one of us and most of all, all of us together. Because we do of course have something to hide and protect: our private sphere.

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.