Dekorierte Hechelei der BigBrotherAwards 2015.

Double strike for Amazon

Extraordinary data leeches deserve extra attention. Which is why Amazon is not given one BigBrotherAward but two. Sadly, workers’ rights are not part of the company’s product range. Also awarded is the “Hello Barbie” doll by Mattel, the exterior secret service BND and the Ministry for Health. The (former) Interior Ministers Friedrich and de Maizière obstruct European data protection, and they are consequently chastised by guest laudator Max Schrems. De Maizière does not appear to collect his award, but we are happy to deliver it to him at the biennial Evangelical Church Assembly.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Technology (2015)

“Hello Barbie”

“Hello Barbie”, represented by the involved manufacturers Mattel and Toytalk, receives the BigBrotherAward in the Technology category. This doll is equipped with a microphone and Wi-Fi. It uses this to record conversations, sends…
Business (2015)

Amazon Mechanical Turk and Elance-oDesk

The crowd-working platforms Amazon Mechanical Turk and Elance-oDesk receive the BigBrotherAward 2015 in the Economy category for realising digital day-labourship. A trend which will not only turn our working environment inside-out…
Workplace (2015)

Amazon Logistik

The Amazon subsidiaries in Bad Hersfeld and Koblenz receive the BigBrotherAward 2015 in the “Workplace” category for conditions in their employment contracts that violate employees’ personal rights. The companies demand that…
Audience Award (2015)

A Tight Race

We asked our audience again in 2015 which of our “winners” they found especially “impressive, surprising, shocking, or outrageous”.


Linus Neumann am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2015.

Linus Neumann

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
Portraitaufnahme von Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILFM)
Rena Tangens am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Rena Tangens

Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde

Frankfurt University of Applied Science
Kai Biermann am Redner.innenpult während der BigBrotherAwards 2015.

Kai Biermann
padeluun am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.


Max Schrems am Redner.innenpult während der BigBrotherAwards 2015.

Max Schrems

Europe vs. Facebook

Updates to the Awards 2015

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to translate our updates into English.

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.