Who We Are
Big Brother Watch was founded by Matthew Elliott 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 joined Big Brother Watch as Chief Executive in November 2014. She is former Chief of Staff to Rt Hon David Davis MP with whom she worked for five years predominantly on his civil liberties campaigns such as the Snoopers Charter, NHS data sharing, protection for whistleblowers, Reform Section 5 and the DRIP Bill. Prior to working in Parliament, Renate produced documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Sky and other international broadcasters.
Emma joined Big Brother Watch as Deputy Director in February 2012 and was appointed as Director in August 2014. Previously, she worked for political campaign and research groups. Emma has an MSc in Public Services Policy and Management from King’s College London. She has a particular interest in cyber security and cyber crime, which formed the topic of her dissertation.
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 joined Big Brother Watch as Campaign Manager in April 2015. Previously he worked for a Conservative Member of Parliament, focusing predominately on local campaigns and social media. Nathan has an MA in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Sussex.
Freedom of information campaigner and Professor of Journalism at City University, London
John Cooper QC:
Barrister specialising in Human Rights and Criminal Law
Rt Hon David Davis MP:
Member of Parliament for Haltemprice and Howden
Managing Director and Head of Public Affairs Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting
Matthew Elliott, Chairman:
Founder of Big Brother Watch, the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Business for Britain, and former Campaign Director of NO2AV
Sir Chris Fox:
Former president of the Association of Chief Police Officers
Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs
UK Public Policy Manager, Twitter
Author and journalist
Co-founder of Big Brother Watch
Peer and member of the Joint Committee on the draft Communications Data Bill
Lord Vinson LVO DL:
We’re proud to have worked with some incredibly talented and committed people since we were established.
- Alex Deane
- Maria Fort
- Ellie Gummer
- Daniel Hamilton
- Andrew McGrath
- Nick Pickles
- Dylan Sharpe