Big Brother Awards – Table of Previous Winners

For further details on all Winners, click on the relevant year

Year Most Invasive Technology Worst Corporate Invader Worst Agency or Official Boot-in-Mouth Lifetime Menace People’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Best Privacy Guardian
2011 Body Scanners
(2nd: Google StreetView and Wifi)
Qld Driver’s Licence
& Vic Tpt Ticketing (MyKi)
(2nd: Biometrics Institute, & Chasers Nightclub ID and Biometric Scanning)
Eric Schmidt (of Google) Nigel Waters
2009 ANPR by Police and Crimtrac
(2nd: Google Maps)
Biometrics Institute
(2nd: Telstra)
National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) NSW Govt for Automated Electoral Enrolment Carolyn Bond (VIC) & Kat Lane (NSW), Consumer Credit Advocates
2006 Health-e-Link by NSW Health Dept The Banks, for dealings with SWIFT
(2nd: Direct Health Solutions employee interrogation & the PMP Junk Mail company’s GPS tracking of walkers)
(Also and reverse-phone directories)
Chris Ellison, Justice Minister, for the AML&CTF law
(2nd: Medical Researchers at LaTrobe University, for a sexual health research study)
(Also SA Health re children’s mental health records)
Joe Hockey, Minister for Human Services, for the ‘’Access Card’
(2nd: NSW Health Dept for Health-e-Link)
Lex Lasry QC and other lawyers for refusing personal security clearances by ASIO
(2nd: ACMA for Spam Act prosecution)
(Also Brent Carey, Senior Privacy Adviser, Vic Dept of Justice)
2005 Health Communications Network for allowing extraction of medical information from GPs’ computers
(2nd: HP, Microsoft for ID scheme technologies)
Telstra for their Employee Monitoring and Surveillance procedure
(2nd: CAMM Pacific for extracting medical information from GPs’ computers)
(Also Dun & Bradstreet for its relentless campaign for ‘positive’ reporting, i.e. access to all credit data about everyone)
Senator Julian McGauran for an abortion disclosure
(2nd: Vic Police for LEAP database disclosures)
Senator Amanda Vanstone for proposing a national ID card
(2nd: Peter Beattie, Qld Premier, for firing the starter’s gun in the race)
NSW Govt, for failing to appoint a Privacy Commissioner for 2-1/2 years ABS for converting the Census into an identified database Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja Jon Stanhope, ACT Chief Minister for publishing the ‘confidential’ draft Anti-Terrorism Bill
(2nd: Steve Ciobo, Qld Liberal backbencher, for speaking against the ID card)
2004 Biometric Passports Major political parties, for abuses around elections Bob Debus, NSW Attorney-General Qld Smartcard Drivers Licence Carl Scully, NSW Minister for Roads John Pane, Australia Post’s Chief Privacy Officer
2003 TICA Default Tenancy Control Internet Industry Association Senator Chris Ellison, Minister for Justice Darryl Williams, Clth Attorney General