Two decades for fundamental rights

After 20 years of service for the BigBrotherAwards, jury member Rolf Gössner says goodbye with a speech at the gala, taking stock of his fight against data leeches and detractors of privacy. His colleages highlight more such cases for this year’s awards. Namely, the European Commission, Proctorio, philosopher Julian Nida-Rümelin, Doctolib, and Google. For the latter data leech we invent a new category: “What makes me really angry”.

The (unfortunate) Awardees

Mobility (2021)

The European Commission

The BigBrotherAward 2021 in the category “Mobility” goes to the European Commission for the introduction of the “On-Board Fuel Consumption Meter” (OBFCM). The OBFCM collects an extensive amount of technical information about a…
Education (2021)

Proctorio GmbH

Proctorio GmbH receives the BigBrotherAwards 2021 for its offer of “fully automatic exam supervision”, which supposedly facilitates total control of students in online exams. During an exam, the AI-based software is said to be…
What makes me really angry (2021)


Google receives the BigBrotherAward 2021 for recently exposed large-scale manipulations of the Internet advertising market, for starving creators and media and for dispossessing our digital personalities.
Health & Social Issues (2021)

Doctolib GmbH

The BigBrotherAward in 2021 in the category Health goes to Doctolib GmbH, Berlin. In particular, Doctolib offers the scheduling of doctor’s appointments via its platform. These data are processed in violation of confidentiality…
Audience Award (2021)

Too close to call just one winner

As always we asked the people in our (online) audience this year which of the awards they found particularly “impressive, astounding, shocking, revolting, …”.


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.


Rena Tangens am Redner.innenpult der BigBrotherAwards 2021.

Rena Tangens

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

Dr. Thilo Weichert

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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.