Das dekorierte Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2009 mit der Datenkrake und dem BBBA-Logo.
Hechelei Bielefeld

BigBrotherAwards 2009

Happy Birthday, BigBrotherAwards

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary! Time for a look back and for an interim assessment. The issues we work on have clearly received more attention – which is confirmed by former Interior Minister Gerhart Baum in his welcoming address. But that doesn’t stop many companies and governments from engaging in their data collection frenzy and surveillance mania. For example, the Berlin Organising Committee of the World Athletics Championships, or the notorious Ursula von der Leyen (she is the German Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in 2009). And we must not forget Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, as he would like to develop the German Criminal Police Office (BKA) into a German FBI. In any case, they all receive a BigBrotherAward.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Workplace (2009)

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…


Portraitaufnahme von Fredrik Roggan.

Dr. Fredrik Roggan

Humanistische Union (HU)
Portraitaufnahme von Karin Schuler.

Karin Schuler

Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz (DVD)
Alvar Freude am Redner.innenpult während der BigBrotherAwards 2008.

Alvar Freude

Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft (FITUG)
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)


Federal Criminal Police Office: illegal offenders databases Dr. Rolf Gössner In 2002 we gave a BigBrotherAward to the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) because it had established a several “preventive”…

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…

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.