Eine Person mit einer grünen Maske im Publikum der BigBrotherAwards 2012.

Cloudy, with scary spells

The BigBrotherAward given to Gamma for their spying software starts a public debate, which is highly necessary. This software is sold to intelligence agencies and state institutions in Germany and abroad. The award in the Communication category calls for vigilence. It goes to the Cloud, which more and more people trust with their data. The audience award goes to Brita, a company that tries to spread spy chips among thirsty pupils.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Communication (2012)


The BigBrotherAward 2012 in the “Communication” category goes to “the Cloud” as a trend that deprives users of control over their own data. To move address books and photos – in other words, other people’s data – or archives…
Consumer Protection (2012)

Blizzard Entertainment

The BigBrotherAward 2012 in the “Consumer Protection” category goes to Blizzard Entertainment, for various violations of privacy in their online games, such as World of Warcraft. Using recorded data such as time spent playing…
Technology (2012)

Gamma International

The BigBrotherAward in the category “Technology” goes to Gamma Group, represented in Germany by Gamma International in Munich, personally by its general manager Stephan Oelkers, for their software “FinFisher”. Gamma advertises the…
Workplace (2012)


The BigBrotherAward 2012 in the “Workplace” category goes to Bofrost (a German-based manufacturer and home delivery service for frozen foods), for unlawfully prying into data on a computer belonging to the staff council. Bofrost…
Economy (2012)

Brita GmbH

The BigBrotherAward in the category “Economy” goes to Mr Markus Hankammer, CEO of Brita GmbH, for the firm’s water vending machines, marketed under the name “Schoolwater”. These machines deliver water only when a school child taps…


Sönke Hilbrans am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2012.

Sönke Hilbrans

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

Rena Tangens

Portraitaufnahme von Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILFM)
Frans Valenta am Redner.innepult während der BigBrotherAwards 2012.

Frans Valenta

Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz e. V. (DVD)
Frank Rosengart am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Frank Rosengart

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde

Frankfurt University of Applied Science
padeluun am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.



Updates to the Awards 2012

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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.