Winners of the Dutch Big Brother Awards announced

By EDRi · March 14, 2012

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The heavyweight Dutch privacy-infringers of the past year were announced
during the ceremony of the Big Brother Awards 2011. The jury selected
three winners out of a total of nine nominees: Facebook, Edith Schippers
(the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports) and the Dutch
national police (KLPD). Fred Teeven, Dutch state secretary for Ssecurity
and Justice, won the popular vote.

The prizes were awarded in three categories. In the category People,
Minister Edith Schippers won the award for privatising the digitisation
of medical data of Dutch citizens, after a bill with the same goal
failed to pass the senate due to privacy concerns. In the category
Companies, Facebook won the award. The jury gave the award to Facebook
to draw attention to the fact that the planned IPO is mostly based on
the personal data of the users, whereas Facebook has a very bad track
record when it comes to privacy. In the category Government, the
National police (KLPD) received an award for the use of spyware and
re-hacking a number of victims of hacking.

The audience could speak out against privacy-breaches too. State
secretary for security and justice Fred Teeven won the popular vote with
a strong lead.

The nominations were selected by a professional jury from contributions by
the Dutch public . The jury consisted of Dutch publicist Karin Spaink
(chairwoman), journalist and TV-presenter Antoinette Hertsenberg, professor
of Media and Telecommunication laws Nico van Eijk, rapper and privacy
champion Typhoon and professor IT and Auditing and partner at KPMG Edo Roos

BBA Netherlands

(Contribution by EDRi-member Bits of Freedom – Netherlands)