Digitally defensive demeanour

The massive digital build-up of the German army is worth a BigBrotherAward. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen can share the “joy” of that award. Making up the ranks as award winners are the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB), the Technical and the Ludwig Maximilian Universities in Munich, Prudsys, PLT (Planning for Logistik and Transport) and the German IT industry association Bitkom. Bitkom responds, not by appearing to receive the award in person, but they send a video message. Dismiss!

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Education (2017)

Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich)

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) receive the BigBrotherAward 2017 in the “Education” category for cooperating with the online learning provider Coursera. Data about…
Authorities & Administration (2017)

German Federal Military and Federal Minister of Defence, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen

The German Federal Military (“Bundeswehr”) and the Federal Minister of Defence receive the 2017 Big Brother Award in the category Authorities and Administration for the military’s massive digital arms build-up including the new…
Consumer Protection (2017)

Prudsys AG

The company Prudsys receive the BigBrotherAward 2017 in the “Consumer Protection” category because they offer software that facilitates price discrimination. This software sets a price according to what it can find out about the…
Audience Award (2017)

Digital Armament considered Scandalous

In 2017 we continued the cherished tradition of asking our audience at the end of the gala which award they found particularly “impressive, astonishing, shocking, revolting, …”. As last year we had a clear winner, although this…

Reprimands & Commendation (2017)


Again this year we have had more nominations than we could recognise with an award. Some of those nominated deserve to be reprimanded at least.


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

Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde

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

Rena Tangens

Dr. Thilo Weichert am Redner.innepult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Dr. Thilo Weichert

DVD, Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise
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)
padeluun am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.



Updates to the Awards 2017

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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.