BigBrotherAwards Germany 2022
This year’s BigBrotherAwards gala took place on 29 April 2022 in Bielefeld.
Video of the Gala (English audio)
The Jury 2022
Rena Tangens & padeluun (Digitalcourage)
Thilo Weichert (Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz und Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise)
Frank Rosengart (Chaos Computer Club)
Prof. Dr. Peter Wedde (Institut für Datenschutz, Arbeitsrecht und Technologieberatung)
The BigBrotherAward 2022 in the “Authorities and Administration” Category goes to the German Police, represented by the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt) for the way personal data are stored in digital files and how they are used. Contrary to constitutional and European legal requirements, data in these files are not labelled, or not labelled appropriately. This entails the risk that the police or other agencies may, without justification, treat millions of people as dangerous persons (German “Gefährder”) or criminal offenders.
The Bundesdruckerei (“Federal Printer”) receives the BigBrotherAward in the Technology category for its senseless use and promotion of blockchain technology, which is not only a waste of energy but also comes with severe data protection implications. A case in point is its project to use blockchain to verify the authenticity of school reports.
The BigBrotherAward 2022 in the category “Lifetime Achievement” goes to the Irish Data Protection Commission, represented by Helen Dixon, for its continued sabotage of efforts to enforce European data protection law. Under the authority’s care, Ireland has become a haven for surveillance capitalism business models by Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce.
The BigBrotherAward 2022 in the Workplace category goes to Lieferando and its German representative, the yd.yourdelivery GmbH.
Lieferando receives the BigBrotherAward 2022 for exercising illicit, comprehensive control over its employed “riders”. This is achieved by use of the Scoober App which captures an abundance of behavioural data in detail and by the second. This includes pick-up time at the restaurant, drop-off times at the customer, and location data every 15 to 20 seconds.
The BigBrotherAward in the consumer protection category goes to the Swedish company Klarna Bank AB. Klarna intransparently bundles data and power as a shopping service, payment service provider, price comparison portal, personal finance manager, solvency checker and bank.
The BigBrotherAwards highlight privacy and data protection offenders in business and politics, they have consequently been called “Oscars for data leeches” by the French paper Le Monde.
The German awards are organised and held by ► Digitalcourage. Among the co-organisers are the German Association for Data Protection (Deutsche Vereinigung für Datenschutz, DVD), International League for Human Rights and the Chaos Computer Club.