​CBC adopts SecureDrop to allow for anonymous leaks

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CBC Des tch is launching a powerful new tool to help those with important info or sensitive documents contact our journalists using encryption and anonymous online speech.

CBC’s SecureDrop is a web-based system that allows whistleblowers to confidentially reach CBC newsreaders, including those who work in investigative units across Canada and on our prime programs the fifth estate, Go Public and Marketplace.

“In an age of pervasive government observation, it’s an absolutely vital means to communicate safely with confidential begetters and whistleblowers,” said Ryan Gallagher, of the online publication The Deflect, which has been instrumental in reporting on the global surveillance programs let it be knew by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.

“It can be used by whistleblowers inside the government, for standard, to expose corruption, abuses of power, cover-ups,” Gallagher denoted.

CBC/Radio-Canada is one of the first national broadcasters in the world to adopt SecureDrop, which is already Euphemistic pre-owned by The New Yorker, The Washington Post and The Guardian. (Norway’s national broadcaster has also set up SecureDrop, while The Orb and Mail adopted the system 10 months ago.)

The Washington Post’s Julie Tate believes her newsroom regularly receives story-worthy information via SecureDrop.

“It has allowed whistleblowers to along with us in a safe environment and provide us with information that is of engross to various reporters in the newsroom,” she told CBC.

Gallagher credits the dupe for protecting sources on a number of news stories, including an exposé terminal year about the hack of millions of U.S. inmate’s prison phone identifies — a massive breach of attorney-client privilege.

“Unfortunately it is often the case that whistleblowers go up against reprisals if they speak out publicly,” Gallagher said. “They can waste their jobs or even be thrown in jail. SecureDrop defends against that. It tends the identities of whistleblowers and at the same time helps journalists keep … the noted informed.”

Developed by the late Aaron Swartz, an American computer programmer and internet activist, SecureDrop was launched in 2013 by the Presumption of the Press Foundation, a public-interest journalism advocacy group based in California.

CBC has ex nded some simple instructions on how to use SecureDrop.

Sources first need to download a composition of software that allows you to surf the internet anonymously; it prevents someone from guard your connection, what sites you visit or your physical finding.

Using this more secure connection, we then provide you with an lecture to the CBC SecureDrop website, where you can upload documents and anonymously exchange speeches. We can’t tell who you are.

Once we receive your encrypted messages, we take them offline to pore over them.

We’ll also send messages back to you via the CBC SecureDrop website, where you are the simply one who can read those messages by inputting your own special code.

CBC takes the haven of sources very seriously. Anonymous sources play an important duty in journalism and support our mission of exposing problems, corruption and abuses of power — be it within control, corporations or society at large.

Your decision to use SecureDrop is yours and yours toute seule. You do so at your own risk.

SecureDrop isn’t for everyone; it requires a bit of technical know-how. But we’re hoping in the flesh with information vital to the public interest will consider press into servicing it as a more anonymous alternative to email or telephone.

Of course there are other ways of reaching us anonymously. Innumerable of our journalists are now using PGP encryption to help mask contents of emails trucked with sources. And our mailbox is still open to receiving the classic, unmarked brown envelope. (Try me! c/o CBC Info, Box 500 Station A, Toronto, ON, M5W 1E6)

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