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Guardian Launches ‘SecureDrop’ System for Whistle-Blowers

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Posted on Jun 6, 2014

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A year to the day after The Guardian first reported on NSA leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden, the newspaper launched a service for whistle-blowers to securely submit confidential documents to its reporters.

The Guardian reports:

Free speech and privacy groups alongside popular sites including Reddit, BoingBoing and Imgur, are marking the day with a Reset the Net campaign, encouraging internet users to take direct action to secure their privacy online. Several technology companies are also expected to announce new steps to protect users’ privacy over the course of the day.

The SecureDrop open-source whistleblowing platform provides a way for sources, who can choose to remain anonymous, to submit documents and data while avoiding virtually all of the most common forms of online tracking.

It makes use of well-known anonymising technology such as the Tor network and the Tails operating system, which was used by journalists working on the Snowden files.

Read more here.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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