Politics (2011)

Uwe Schünemann

The BigBrotherAward 2011 in the “Politics” Category goes to The Interior Minister of the federal state of Lower Saxony, Uwe Schünemann (CDU, Germany’s conservative party), for the first proven instance of German police using a…
Communication (2011)


The BigBrotherAward 2011 in the “Communication” category goes to Facebook Deutschland GmbH for systematically poking its nose into people and their relationships, behind the friendly facade of an ostensibly free service. Facebook…
Authorities & Administration (2011)


The BigBrotherAward 2011 in the category Government and Administration goes to the chairman of the Census Commission, Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner for the all-encompassing population survey in Germany called “Zensus 2011”. He is…
Consumer Protection (2022)


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…
Workplace (2022)


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…
Technology (2022)


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…
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, …”.

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.

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.