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Big Brother Awards International
watching the watchmen worldwide
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Government agencies and private companies are increasingly violating the privacy of people everywhere. Enormous amounts of personal data are being collected, stored and processed - often illegally - in the pursuit of more efficient marketing, greater social control, and more powerful mechanisms for monitoring of the citizen.

Fighting crime by committing one appears to be the future solution for law enforcement agencies in the information society of the 21 century. But - who watches the watchmen?

Every year Privacy International and a growing number of affiliate human rights groups present the Big Brother Awards to government agencies, private companies and individuals who have excelled in the violation of our privacy.

The juries worldwide consist of lawyers, academics, consultants, journalists, civil right activists...


Cartoon by Efeu [BBA Switzerland]

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - for ever. [1984 / George Orwell]

Scheduled Awards Ceremonies

Germany Bielefeld 11 April 2014

Previous Awards Ceremonies

--- 2013 ---
Finland Helsinki 9 November 2013
Austria Vienna 25 October 2013
Netherlands Amsterdam 29 August 2013
France Paris 26 June 2013
Belgium Ghent 30 May 2013
Germany Bielefeld 12 April 2013
Bulgaria Sofia 28 January 2013
Czech Republic Prague 16 January 2013
--- 2012 ---
Austria Vienna 25 October 2012
Italy Florence 22 June 2012
Germany Bielefeld 13 April 2012
Netherlands Amsterdam 7 March 2012
Belgium Schaarbeek 26 January 2012
--- 2011 ---
Austria Vienna 25 October 2011
Finland Helsinki 11 September 2011
Italy Florence 3 June 2011
Australia Sidney/Canberra 20 April 2011
Germany Bielefeld 1 April 2011
Netherlands Amsterdam 9 March 2011
Bulgaria Sofia 16 February 2011
--- 2010 ---
Belgium Ghent 17 November 2010
Czech Republic Prague 10 November 2010
Austria Vienna 25 October 2010
Italy Florence 29 May 2010
France Paris 29 May 2010
Finland Helsinki 19 February 2010
Netherlands Amsterdam 5 February 2010
--- 2009 ---
Czech Republic Prague 12 November 2009
Australia Sidney/Canberra 11 November 2009
Austria Vienna 25 October 2009
Switzerland Zurich 24 October 2009
Germany Bielefeld 16 October 2009
Spain Madrid 11 July 2009
Italy Florence 23 May 2009
France Paris 4 April 2009
Bulgaria Sofia 28 January 2009
--- 2008 ---
United Kingdom London 12 December 2008
Czech Republic Prague 14 November 2008
Finland Helsinki 25 October 2008
Austria Vienna 25 October 2008
Germany Bielefeld 24 October 2008
Switzerland Berne 18 October 2008
Italy Florence 10 May 2008
France Paris 21 March 2008
Bulgaria Sofia 28 January 2008
--- 2007 ---
Czech Republic Prague 13 November 2007
Switzerland St. Gallen 9 November 2007
Austria Vienna 25 October 2007
Finland Helsinki 24 October 2007
Germany Bielefeld 12 October 2007
Netherlands Amsterdam 21 September 2007
Italy Florence 19 May 2007
International Montreal, Canada 2 May 2007
Australia Sydney 21 January 2007
France Paris 20 January 2007
--- 2006 ---
Switzerland Basel 16 November 2006
Czech Republic Prague 30 October 2006
Austria Vienna 25 October 2006
Germany Bielefeld 20 October 2006
Italy Florence 20 May 2006
France Paris 3 February 2006
Netherlands Amsterdam 28 January 2006
--- 2005 ---
Finland Helsinki 7 December 2005
South Korea Seoul 22 November 2005
Australia Melbourne 8 November 2005
Switzerland Zurich 29 October 2005
Czech Republic Prague 28 October 2005
Germany Bielefeld 28 October 2005
Austria Vienna 25 October 2005
United Kingdom London 23 June 2005
Italy Florence 27 May 2005
USA Seattle 14 April 2005
Bulgaria Sofia 13 April 2005
France Paris 21 January 2005
--- 2004 ---
Hungary Budapest 25 November 2004
Australia Sydney 23 November 2004
Spain Sevilla 30 October 2004
Germany Bielefeld 29 October 2004
Austria Vienna 26 October 2004
Netherlands Amsterdam 24 October 2004
Switzerland Lucerne 16 October 2004
United Kingdom London 28 July 2004
New Zealand Auckland 29 April 2004
USA Berkeley 21 April 2004
France Paris 4 February 2004
--- 2003 ---
Hungary Budapest 6 November 2003
Switzerland Berne 1 November 2003
Austria Vienna 26 October 2003
Spain Iruña 25 October 2003
Germany Bielefeld 24 October 2003
Netherlands Amsterdam 11 October 2003
Australia Sydney 8 September 2003
Japan Tokyo 29 June 2003
Finland Helsinki 4 June 2003
USA New York 3 April 2003
United Kingdom London 25 March 2003
Denmark Copenhagen 21 January 2003
France Paris 20 January 2003
Bulgaria Sofia 18 January 2003
--- 2002 ---
Hungary Budapest 7 November 2002
Switzerland Winterthur 29 October 2002
Austria Vienna 26 October 2002
Germany Bielefeld 25 October 2002
Belgium Brussels 9 October 2002
Spain Madrid 5 October 2002
Finland Helsinki 15 Mai 2002
USA San Francisco 18 April 2002
United Kingdom London 4 March 2002
Netherlands Amsterdam 15 February 2002
France Paris 28 January 2002
Denmark Copenhagen 21 January 2002
--- 2001 ---
Hungary Budapest 28 November 2001
Austria Vienna 26 October 2001
Switzerland Zurich 26 October 2001
Germany Bielefeld 26 October 2001
USA Cambridge 7 March 2001
--- 2000 ---
France Paris 16 December 2000
United Kingdom London 4 December 2000
Austria Vienna 26 October 2000
Switzerland Zurich 26 October 2000
Germany Bielefeld 26 October 2000
USA Toronto, Canada 5 April 2000
--- 1999 ---
Austria Vienna 26 October 1999
United Kingdom London 18 October 1999
USA Washington, DC 7 April 1999
--- 1998 ---
United Kingdom London 26 October 1998



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