Guardian Installed SecureDrop Outside The UK, Due To Legal Threats

from the incredible dept

As part of the whole Reset the Net effort yesterday, the Guardian announced that it is now using SecureDrop to allow whistleblowers and sources to send them information in a protected manner. As you may recall, SecureDrop (nee DeadDrop) was Aaron Swartz's last project (built with Kevin Poulsen), which the good folks at the Freedom of the Press Foundation took over last fall. It's great to see The Guardian adopt SecureDrop, but what caught my eye was this tidbit:
The Guardian’s SecureDrop system is installed outside of the UK. Last year, the UK government was criticized by international press freedom organisations for applying pressure to the Guardian over its publication of the NSA documents leaked by Snowden, leading to the news organization relocating its reporting on the files to the USA, and destroying all copies of the documents stored in its UK headquarters.
In other words, the Guardian, a UK newspaper, is admitting that it simply doesn't feel safe locating its SecureDrop implementation inside the UK. For people who believe in press freedom in the UK, this is a pretty scary statement -- just the latest in the past few years that have really called into question the UK's support for a free and open press.

Filed Under: freedom of the press, securedrop, uk, whistleblowers
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  1. identicon
    Neil Scott, 16 Jun 2014 @ 12:21am

    Corrupt police who lost CCTV are protected in the UK

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    This was also sent to the Cleveland Police PCC today 15. june. 2014.

    I've approached your PCC for Teesside. Website

    https://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Contact/Contact-Us.aspx.
    And Your Email address is supposed to be this:
    PCC@Cleveland.pnn.Police.uk.

    At your home website set up for #Teesside.
    http://www.cleveland.pcc.police.uk/Home.aspx.

    To Contact you to Ask you Legally to REQUEST a FULL INVESTIGATION into Cleveland Police Criminals attached to My burglary case,Forensics frauds I expect you to contact me I've wrote to the MP andrew McDonald to request the same,LEGALLY I'm entitled to do this and as Police PCC your Expected to request it.

    Neil Scott Palister avenue. Brambles farm middlesbrough cleveland Ts3

    See What replies I don't get back. Ill keep you all informed.
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