Curtains up for the BigBrotherAwards

This year the Theater Bielefeld provides us with a grand stage. Business Informatics professor Sarah Spiekermann appears for a keynote. Our well rehearsed jury members live up to their roles and bestow negative awards to the concept of the “Smart City”, Microsoft Germany, Cevisio Software and Systems, the groups of the (conservative) CDU and Green parties in the parliament of Hesse and Amazon’s eavesdropping device, Alexa. Big applause.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Administration (2018)

Cevisio Software und Systeme GmbH

The BigBrotherAward 2018 in the “Administration” Category goes to Cevisio Software und Systeme GmbH & Co. KG in Torgau, Germany, for their software Cevisio Quartiermanagement (QMM), which is used in refugee shelters. This software…
Consumer Protection (2018)

Amazon Alexa

Amazon receives the BigBrotherAward 2018 in the “Consumer Protection” category for its nosy, impertinent, all-too clever and gossipy bugging operation in a can by the name of Alexa. It is well known that Alexa’s speech recordings…
Audience Award (2018)

Protect us, don’t Spy on us

In our new venue we continued the tradition of asking our audience which award they had found particularly “impressive, surprising, shocking, or outrageous”.


Rena Tangens am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Rena Tangens

Frank Rosengart am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Frank Rosengart

Chaos Computer Club (CCC)
Dr. Thilo Weichert am Redner.innepult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Dr. Thilo Weichert

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


Portraitaufnahme von Rolf Gössner.

Dr. Rolf Gössner

Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte (ILFM)
Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde

Frankfurt University of Applied Science

Updates to the Awards 2018

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.