Netpol’s position on information leaked to us

What we accept

Netpol only accepts restricted or censored material of political, ethical or historical significance relating specifically to law enforcement in the UK. Currently our main interests are:

  • Surveillance in general by police on political campaigners and activists
  • Surveillance in particular on the anti-fracking movement in the UK.
  • Evidence of the targeting of activists by counter-terrorism officers using the government’s Prevent ‘counter-radicalisation’ programme
  • Information about undercover targeting of political activism by the National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit (NDEDIU) and its predecessors.
  • Evidence of police misconduct and corruption

Rumour, opinion, stories and other first hand accounts or materials that are publicly available elsewhere will not be accepted.

In general, material that violates individual privacy will not be accepted, unless it provides compelling evidence of wrongdoing and there is a public interest in publicising it.

We also cannot accept information specifically about activities of the UK Security and Intelligence Agencies (aka MI5, MI6, GCHQ) as we do not have the capacity to analyse and verify this.

Before making a submission, anyone sharing information with Netpol must tick a box indicating that their submitted documents relate only to policing in the UK and another agreeing with the following statement:

I am disclosing information in good faith and in the reasonable belief that it is substantially true. The information was obtained legitimately and I am sharing it as a whistleblower in the belief that it provides evidence of wrongdoing or injustice and it is in the public interest that this is exposed.

Making a submission

Netpol will only accept materials through its Netpoleaks online submission website. This is hosted on a secure server outside the UK.

After the information has been received, all files are stored off-line until their content is analysed.

All submissions are anonymous and because they are made over the encrypted Tor network, neither the receiver of any data nor the Netpoleaks site administrator can identify the person submitting them.

Notification that a submission has been made is encrypted end-to-end and sent to an email address unconnected to Netpol and also hosted securely outside the UK.

All submissions have an expiration date of 14 days, after which all data (files, supplied descriptions, comments) is automatically deleted.

Netpol has no direct formal or legal connection with the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights, who simply provide the open-source software for our Netpoleaks website.

Verification

Netpol will seek to thoroughly check any documents, files or data received in order to verify whether a submission is reliable. This will include consideration of factors including possible motives for forgery.

If necessary, we will seek legal and other expert opinion on submitted material. For example, we will expect to share information about undercover targeting of political activism by the NDEDIU and its predecessors with the Undercover Research Group.

Redaction

We encourage anyone making a submission to remove all meta-data from documents and other files submitted to us. We will, however, check and remove any remaining meta-data and redact documents if there is a risk that information within them, if published, might reveal the identity of the individual who submitted them.

Liability

We will take all appropriate measures to protect everyone sharing information with Netpol. However, we cannot accept liability for any claims, losses, costs, or damages whatsoever arising out of, resulting from or in any way related to the decision to pass materials to us.

Presumption of publication

Netpol is committed to publishing information supplied to us after it has been verified and analysed but we will not do so automatically ourselves. Depending on the nature of information submitted to us, we may share data with reputable news organisations.