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EUleaks - a European platform where you can submit information in a highly secure and anonymous way

27 September 2016

EULEAKS

THIS IS NOT THE GREENS/EFA EULEAKS PLATFORM.
BUT BELOW YOU WILL FIND INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO GET THERE.

WHAT IS EULEAKS?

EUleaks is a European platform where you can submit information in a highly secure and anonymous way.

Transparency and accountability are essential for democratic governance. The EUleaks project provides a platform for increasing transparency by providing a new tool for information in the public interest to be made available. EUleaks offers a venue for the realisation of freedom of expression as a fundamental right.

Access to information is a remarkable lever to act for the common good in a world in which opacity is increasingly imposing itself as a way to manage institutions and to take decisions. Numerous examples in practice show that disclosure of information can be decisive for driving political change.

We believe that whistle-blowers play an important role in revealing information that is in the public interest, yet they often lack sufficient protection and are vilified, despite the positive changes they can bring. Because of this, we have decided to set up the secure EUleaks channel, which allows you to blow the whistle in defence of the public interest, whilst remaining anonymous.

WHAT INFORMATION MAY I SUBMIT?

  • Documents of public interest related to European Union decision-making regarding the incorrect implementation or non-implementation of European law. For example, cases of corruption, wrongdoing and maladministration, negligence, administrative irregularities, omissions, abuses of power, unfairness, incompetence, discrimination, unfounded privileges, avoidable delays and unjust refusals to provide information.
  • Documents of public interest may be from within the European institutions, national authorities or any other interested party that takes part formally or informally in EU legislative or other decision-making processes.
  • Documents of public interest, especially those relating to our main fields of expertise, as listed in the section below titled “Who we are and why are we doing this?”

HOW CAN I SUBMIT INFORMATION?

For your own security you should not visit EUleaks.eu from your workplace as this will leave a trail (it might help if you clear your browser history). You can only access the platform and submit information to us by downloading and using the Tor browser. To install Tor and read its security tips, visit the website: https://www.torproject.org. Remember that if you visit Tor from your workplace you will also leave a trail of that.

Tor is a secured network, which channels data traffic through three open relays and proceeds with a random choice in order to select your digital ‘location’ in the world. This system thus makes the tracing of connections very difficult, though not totally impossible. Once you have downloaded and installed Tor, copy and paste this link into your Tor browser: eulkspoobuj2ymt7.onion

If you want, you can also pre-encrypt your documents before you visit the site through TOR. This is for advanced users who already know how encryption works. Our public key can be found at eulkspoobuj2ymt7.onion\eulks-submission-key.html (only via the TOR browser) and the fingerprint for the key is 5155 D069 C800 2C7D 456B A4FD C7DD C940 F9D6 B176.

WHAT WILL EULEAKS DO WITH THE DOCUMENTS?

  • EUleaks will use the information for serving the public interest and will process the documents in compliance with relevant EU rules.
  • EUleaks may conduct a further enquiry based on information and where necessary or obliged by law share the information with relevant authorities.
  • EUleaks may share information with press, civil society or via our MEPs’ websites.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW DURING ONLINE SUBMISSION?

  • You may indicate your preference on how you would like us to use the documents you have provided.
  • You may indicate whether the information is time-contingent or otherwise urgent.
  • Please indicate exactly how we can verify the source and accuracy of the documents.
  • You understand that it is your responsibility to ensure you are complying with relevant rules and regulations.
  • You acknowledge that the submitted information is done so with the purpose of serving public interest.

WILL I HAVE ANONYMITY?

The EUleaks platform is specifically designed to make sure that you cannot be identified as a source of information. For this reason, we will not have any information about you or any means to contact you. To protect your anonymity, you will be required to download a specific, secure Tor browser in order to upload your documents in an encrypted manner.

We unfortunately cannot provide any legal support for your personal situation but there are several organisations that have a proven track record in helping whistle-blowers and that you can contact directly.

WHO ARE WE AND WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

  1. To defend the right to information and to freedom of expression: The EUleaks platform was set up by 12 Members of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament who wanted to launch a channel that would allow whistle-blowers to anonymously and securely act to protect the public interest by exposing wrong-doing. We believe that blowing the whistle is both a democratic duty and a fundamental right: whistle-blowers that exercise their right to freedom of expression also permit citizens and decision-makers to fulfil their right of access to information.
  2. To promote the public interest: Members of the Greens/EFA group often find that our fight for the common good is frustrated by a simple lack of access to relevant documents and information. Whether it be in the fields of tax justice, the protection of public health and the environment, the promotion of a sustainable and zero carbon economy, the fight against corruption and fraud, the call for more democracy, transparency and socioeconomic fairness in Europe, or the rejection of free trade agreements designed with the interests of large corporations in mind, we all too often face a wall of opacity that makes it harder for us to do our job.
  3. To protect whistleblowers: In addition to launching this tool for public interest disclosures, we are also fighting for greater protection of whistle-blowers at the European level. For example, our political group has created our own draft law to establish minimum levels of protection for whistle-blowers across the EU and we are calling on the EU Commission to propose something similar: www.greens-efa.eu/whistle-blowers-directive-15498.html

EUleaks is an initiative of European Greens/EFA Parliamentarians: Pascal Durand, Bas Eickhout, Sven Giegold, Benedek Jávor, Eva Joly, Philippe Lamberts, Ernest Maragall, Michel Reimon, Michèle Rivasi, Molly Scott Cato, Bart Staes and Ernest Urtasun.

Should you wish to contact us without remaining anonymous, you can find our email addresses on the European Parliament website.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

EUleaks supports freedom of expression as enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and its function is to serve the public interest. It does not provide any financial gains or rewards to individuals or other parties involved. EUleaks does not support or encourage any indirect or direct breach or violation of laws and regulations. Individuals use EUleaks voluntarily and understand it is their sole responsibility to comply with relevant rules and regulations. By using EUleaks, individuals understand their responsibilities and agree with its public interest purpose and therefore release EUleaks from liability for any claims by them or third parties in connection to their participation. EUleaks uses information for the public interest only and in compliance with relevant applicable rules. EUleaks’ internal procedures for managing the information received take due account of and comply with relevant laws and regulations (including but not limited to data protection, etc). EUleaks disassociates itself from any content shared and only utilises information in public interest. EUleaks takes due account of obligations to share information with relevant competent authorities.