Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


New Awards Will Honour Privacy Abusers

Hosted by the Auckland Council for Civil Liberties

Media release
Wednesday 21 January 2004

New Awards Will Honour Privacy Abusers

Public nominations opened today for the first New Zealand “Big Brother Awards”, a competition to recognise individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the abuse of privacy in New Zealand. An awards ceremony will follow – hosted by the Auckland Council for Civil Liberties – where the winners will be publicly announced.

Big Brother Awards are already held annually in many other countries (United Kingdom, the United States, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Belgium, France and Australia).

New Zealand spokesperson, Auckland law lecturer Tim McBride, said it was a good time to bring the awards to New Zealand, following a rapid erosion of personal privacy in New Zealand in recent years.

He said the organisers are expecting a lot of strong entries. “New Zealand has suffered increasing surveillance, a string of intrusive new laws and the now the landmark government actions against refugee Ahmed Zaoui. It is time for those responsible to be suitably acknowledged in public.”

The award categories are:

1. Person of the Year: supreme winner, for outstanding abuse or disregard of privacy and civil liberties in New Zealand
2. Worst Elected Representative: for the elected representative who has most neglceted or abused their responsibilities to protect privacy
3. Long-term menace: for a privacy invader with a long record of profound disregard for privacy.
4. Worst Corporate: for a corporation that has shown a blatant disregard of privacy.
5. Worst public agency or officials: for a government agency or official that has most systematically invaded privacy.
6. Boot in mouth: the ‘best’ (most appalling!) quote on a privacy-related topic.
There will also be Best Privacy Guardian and Long-term Achievement awards for people or organisations responsible for outstanding privacy protection.

The award organisers are distributing nomination forms around the country, inviting nominations and supporting evidence from members of the public. Anonymous entries are being accepted to ensure that people in sensitive jobs are still able to make nominations.

The judges for the Awards are a distinguished group of privacy lecturers and legal experts from throughout New Zealand. After nominations close on 27 February, they will consider all the entries and decide on winners, who will be announced at a special event in Auckland.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election