Big Brother Watch Ltd

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Big Brother Watch is a for-profit, cross-party UK organisation campaigning against state surveillance and threats to civil liberties. Big Brother Watch campaigns on a variety of issues including: the rise of the surveillance state, police use of oppressive technology, freedom and privacy online, the use of intrusive communications interception powers including the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the Investigatory Powers Act, the protection of personal information and wider data protection issues.

BBW was founded in 2009 by Matthew Elliott with the intention of exposing the true scale of the surveillance state by challenging the policies which threaten their privacy, their freedoms and their civil liberties.[2][3]

The organisation is headquartered in Westminster.
The name 'Big Brother Watch' originates from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949.

Big Brother Watch campaigns on behalf of the individual, to educate and encourage more control over personal data. They work to ensure that those who fail to respect their privacy, whether private companies, government departments or local authorities are held to account.

They produce unique research which shines a light on the dramatic expansion of surveillance powers in the UK, the growth of the database state and the misuse of personal information. Their briefings are regularly cited in Parliament, in government reports and in the national media.

Big Brother Watch is a cross-party, non-party, independent non-profit organisation leading the protection of privacy and civil liberties in the UK. It uses advocacy and campaigns, parliamentary lobbying, public interest litigation, research and investigations that inform policy and public debate, and public education and empowerment.


Sources: Who we are


Mark Littlewood, Paul Strasburger,[4]


  • May.08.2019: Chinaworks Chinaworks Black Prince Road London SE1 7SJ
  • Aug.27.2010: registered office 55 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QL



  1. ^ Big Brother Watch Combats Anti-Free Speech Legislation. Atlas Network, Jun.01.2020.
  2. ^ Big Brother Watch manifesto. Big Brother Watch. Original archived on May.08.2010.
  3. ^ Big Brother Watch manifesto. Matthew Elliott, ConservativeHome, Apr.16.2010. Original archived on Apr.18.2010.
  4. ^ Shareholders: Confirmation Statement. Big Brother Watch Ltd, Companies House, Aug.13.2019.