Who We Are

Big Brother Watch was founded in 2009 with the intention of exposing the true scale of the surveillance state by challenging the policies which threaten our privacy, our freedoms and our civil liberties.

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

We 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. Our briefings are regularly cited in Parliament, in government reports and in the national media.

Protecting individual privacy and defending civil liberties, Big Brother Watch is a campaign group for the digital age.

Renate Samson, Chief Executive Big Brother Watch

Renate Samson

Renate has been the Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch since November 2014. Prior to joining the organisation she was Chief of Staff to Rt Hon David Davis MP with whom she worked for five years, predominantly on his civil liberties campaigns. Before working in Parliament, Renate made television documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Sky and other international broadcasters. Renate has a particular interest in connected technologies and what impact digital citizenry has on society.

Daniel Nesbitt, Research Director Big Brother Watch

Daniel Nesbitt

Daniel joined Big Brother Watch as an intern in December 2012, he quickly became an essential part of the team and was promoted to Researcher in March 2013 and Research Director in August 2014. Before working at Big Brother Watch he interned at Politics Home.

Nathan Cons, Campaign Manager Big Brother Watch

Nathan Cons

Nathan joined Big Brother Watch as Campaign Manager in April 2015. Previously he worked for a Member of Parliament, focusing predominately on the MPs Parliamentary work, local campaigns, social media and press. Nathan has an MA in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex.

Advisory Council

Heather Brooke:
Freedom of information campaigner and Professor of Journalism at City University, London
Emma Carr:
Account Director, Hanover Communications
John Cooper QC:
Barrister specialising in Human Rights and Criminal Law
Rt Hon David Davis MP:
Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden
Alex Deane:
Managing Director and Head of Public Affairs Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting
Sir Chris Fox:
Former president of the Association of Chief Police Officers
Mark Littlewood:
Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs
Nick Pickles:
UK Public Policy Manager, Twitter
Henry Porter:
Author and journalist
Richard Smith:
Co-founder of Big Brother Watch
Lord Strasburger:
Liberal Democrat Peer
Lord Vinson LVO DL:
Conservative peer


We’re proud to have worked with some incredibly talented and committed people since we were established.

  • Emma Carr
  • Alex Deane
  • Maria Fort
  • Ellie Gummer
  • Daniel Hamilton
  • Andrew McGrath
  • Nick Pickles
  • Dylan Sharpe