An annual event in seventeen countries, Privacy International's Big Brother Awards were awarded last night to the people and organisations that have done the most to devastate privacy & civil liberties in the UK.

UK Government officials Charles Clarke and Margaret Hodge received particular mention along with the unusual step of an award for the US for their "almost total silence" for the scheme of finger-printing foreign visitors to the States even for British nationals.

Privacy International are a London based civil rights group and for the past 14 years have raised awareness around the world about privacy threats ranging from military surveillance to workplace drug testing.

Since their inception in 1998, Big Brother Awards are now held as an annual event in countries such as Japan, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

The gold awards - in the shape of a boot stamping on a human head - drew their inspiration from George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four".

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