Who we are
Big Brother Watch work to ensure that those who fail to respect our privacy, undermine our online security, or fail to protect our personal data, are held to account.
We campaign on behalf of the individual to ensure your privacy and civil liberties are maintained in the digital age by government, public authorities and businesses.
Founded in 2009, Big Brother Watch produces unique research exposing the misuse of powers, informative factsheets explaining complex laws, and briefings for parliament, the press and the public.
Renate has been the Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch since November 2014. She has led the organisations campaigns against the Investigatory Powers Act and the Digital Economy Act and ensured we remain a leading voice on issues of surveillance, data protection, connected technologies, online safety and digital citizenry.
Renate can often be spotted providing commentary on TV and in the press, giving evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, or speaking about privacy, security and the work of Big Brother Watch at public events.
Prior to joining the organisation Renate had a long career in television production, before becoming Chief of Staff to Rt Hon David Davis MP; with whom she worked for five years, predominantly on his civil liberties campaigns.
Jennifer joined Big Brother Watch in July 2017. She is responsible for Big Brother Watch’s unique Freedom of Information reports and online presence.
She studied social anthropology at the University of Cologne and Keio University before undertaking postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths, where she researched the influence of digital media on political expression and national identity in the Ivorian blogosphere. Prior to joining Big Brother Watch, Jennifer worked at Markmonitor’s live anti-piracy services.
Jennifer is particularly interested in digital rights and how technologies transform our everyday lives.
Griff joined Big Brother Watch in July 2017 as our parliamentary researcher, with a focus on legislation.
Whilst studying law at the University of Bristol and LSE he immersed himself in human rights, counter-terrorism and media law. Prior to joining Big Brother Watch Griff worked for Reprieve, Liberty, the Free Representation Unit and as a paralegal. He has also previously volunteered for the Lambeth Law Centre and Toynbee Hall, giving free legal advice and assistance to the local community.
Griff’s areas of interest are the erosion of civil liberties and infringements of human rights, in both the digital world and the real.