Consumer Protection (2023)

Deutsche Post DHL Group

Deutsche Post DHL Group receives the BigBrotherAward 2023 in the Consumer Protection category for their practices of digital coercion. Through changes in the operation of DHL’s parcel locker stations, they want to force customers…
Lifetime Award (2023)


The Big Brother Award 2023 in the category "Lifetime Achievement" goes to Microsoft, because with their market dominance, the company forces people, companies and government agencies to continually transmit data, and therefore to…
Communication (2023)

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

The BigBrotherAward in the Communications category goes to Zoom Video Communications, Inc., which as a US-based company is obliged to share data with intelligence services, but still claims to be in compliance with the GDPR. Since…
Finances (2023)

finleap connect GmbH

The BigBrotherAward in the Finance category is given to the fintech company finleap for the fact that over several years, it has wrongly sent information about changes of bank accounts to organisations that have no stake in the…
Authorities & Administration (2023)

Ministry of Finance

The BigBrotherAward 2023 in the category “Government and Administration” goes to the Federal Ministry of Finance, represented by the Finance Minister Christian Lindner. This BigBrotherAward is given for the Law on Tax Transparency…
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…

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.