The Anti-awards Big Brother are given to government institutions, private companies, or individuals, who have done the most to invade personal privacy. The Big Brother Award was founded by Privacy International – a human rights group working for the protection of privacy.
PI maintains the Big Brother Awards International Site. The name of the award is inspired by the famous anti-utopian novel by George Orwell. The phrase "Big Brother is watching you" refers to invasive surveillance, limiting the personal freedom. The official web site of the initiative in Bulgaria.
The Convention 108 of the Council of Europe for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data was adopted on January 28, 1981.
Thus January 28 is the International Data Privacy Day. In Europe, the Data Pravicy Day is marked by the organization and holding of number of events like, conferences, TV and radio discussions, university lectures, presentations, workshops, etc. Often the date is selected for the holding of national Big Brother Anti-awards ceremonies.
In Bulgaria, the Data Privacy Day was first celebrated in 2007.
Access to Information Programme and Internet Society - Bulgaria held the 2008 and 2009 Big Brother Anti-awards ceremonies on January 28.
Previous ceremonies were held in 2003 and 2005.