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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    Call me Al, 6 Jun 2014 @ 4:35am

    The Guardian aren't blameless on threats to a free press

    I applaud the Guardian for their reporting on Snowden. I've been disgusted by how quiet the rest of our media have been on the subject.

    I can also quite understand their position on this matter, I wouldn't trust the UK Government not to interfere.

    However, the Guardian did not do much to help protect the UK's press last year when the subject of Press Regulation came up. They were all for it because they felt that it would disrupt what various tabloids get up to. What they seem to have failed to think of though is that once the government has the power to regulate the press on one matter it is inevitable they will use and abuse those powers on other issues... such as those the Guardian wishes to write about.

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