Nominate your favorite privacy invaders and champions

From: Matthew Gaylor (
Date: Thu Mar 16 2000 - 22:58:12 MST

Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000
From: David Banisar <>
Subject: Nominate your favorite privacy invaders and champions

Hey all. Here's your chance to public embarrass your favorite US
privacy invaders. Awards are at CFP 2000.


                            CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

                      THE 2000 U.S. BIG BROTHER AWARDS

In April 2000, the watchdog group Privacy International will present the
second annual "U.S. Big Brother Awards" to the government and private
sector organizations which have done the most to invade personal privacy
in the United States.

"Orwell" awards will be presented to the government agencies, companies
and initiatives which have done most to invade personal privacy. A
"lifetime achievement" award will also be presented. Brandeis Awards
will be also be given out. The Brandeis Award is named after US Supreme
Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who described privacy as "the right to be
left alone." The awards are given to those have done exemplary work to
protect and champion privacy.

The judging panel, consisting of lawyers, academics, consultants,
journalists and civil rights activists, are inviting nominations from
members of the public. Nominations can be made directly from this site:

Privacy International will post the 'most popular' current nominations
on the site each week. The ceremony will be held April 5, 2000 in
Toronto, Canada at the 2000 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference.

The first awards ceremony was held in October 1998 in the United Kingdom
on the 50th anniversary of the writing of George Orwell's 1984. Privacy
International and cooperating organizations have also held awards in
Washington, DC and Vienna, Austria. The 1999 US Big Brother Awards were
held in Washington, DC in April 1999. Winners included the FBI,
Microsoft, Rep. Bill McCollum, the Know Your Customer proposal and

The Big Brother Awards page can be found at:

About Privacy International

Privacy International (PI) is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a
watchdog on surveillance by governments and corporations. PI is based in
London, England, and has an office in Washington, D.C. PI has conducted
campaigns throughout the world on issues ranging from wiretapping and
national security activities, to ID cards, video surveillance, data
matching, police information systems, and medical privacy. PI's
membership includes IT specialists, lawyers, judges and journalists from
forty countries. More information on PI is available at:

David Banisar ( * 202-544-9240 (tel)
Privacy International Washington Office * 202-547-5482 (fax)
666 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Suite 301 *
Washington, DC 20003

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