Warning to Spanish (and Other) Whistleblowers: Anonymous Boxes which ARE NOT ANONYMOUS
Date Written: 13/11/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21662
Citizens' victories in the struggle against corruption, sometimes requiring information to be provided through safe anonymous channels like Xnet's Mailbox for reporting corruption, have catalysed a proliferation of similar initiatives within governments and institutions.
...An anonymized mailbox only promises that, once the complaint is made, it will delete data that might indicate the identity of the whistleblower, but not that the complaint itself will be anonymous. This requires an act of faith on the part of the whistleblower, who is expected to trust the person or people running the mailbox. This is unacceptable.
...At the launch of the Mailbox to Combat Employment Fraud, the Ministry for Employment and Social Security claimed to the media that the mailbox is anonymous, and this was duly reported in all the press.