Blog / 12 Apr 2019

Launching SecureDrop: Increasing security for the people who share information with us

Reliable information and tip-offs are the life-blood of investigative journalism.  That’s why we are pleased to be launching our whistleblowing platform, SecureDrop. SecureDrop – developed by the Freedom of the Press Foundation - lets sources share information with organisations easily, anonymously and securely.

Since our foundation, whistleblowers and other sources have shared critical information with us that has enabled us to investigative and expose corruption. Sometimes, people do this at great personal risk, which is why it is so important that we make the process of sharing and storing information as secure as it possibly can be.

SecureDrop is an open-source platform that lets organisations like Global Witness receive messages and data without the person who sends it revealing any identifying information about themselves, such as their computer's IP address. It uses the ToR network to anonymise connections to our servers and various levels of encryption to keep the data secure when we’ve received it. We have a team of specially trained staff who regularly monitor the system for messages.

If you do have a tip that you want to give us anonymously, all information on how to send it via SecureDrop can be found on this page. You will also find information on how to contact us using the easy-to-use secure communication mobile app, Signal. This can be useful in the event that you can’t use our SecureDrop, or when you do not mind us seeing the mobile number you are using.

SecureDrop only secures and anonymises communications when used correctly, and it is important that anyone considering sharing information with us anonymously reads the guidance we have on the instructions page carefully.