If this is your first time using New Internationalist’s SecureDrop server, read this page carefully first. For more detailed operational security advice, read the How to Leak to New Internationalist blog post.

New Internationalist is serious about protecting our sources. With our SecureDrop server, you can share messages and files with our journalists in a way that should help you remain secure and anonymous, even from us. Messages and files that you send to us will be encrypted.

How to use New Internationalist's SecureDrop server


Everything you do on the Internet leaves trails. Before following these instructions, go to a public wifi network, such as at a coffee shop that you don’t normally frequent, and follow them from there. Or connect to a VPN.

Don't access our SecureDrop server from your home or office. If you wish to ensure maximum privacy, use the Tails operating system instead of the Tor Browser.

SecureDrop is an open source whistleblower submission systems, originally programmed by the late Aaron Swartz, that is maintained by the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

SecureDrop Privacy Policy

SecureDrop strives to create a more secure environment for whistleblowers to give information to journalists. It was installed at New Internationalist with the help of Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Please read this privacy policy carefully. It explains what information what type of information SecureDrop does and does not collect, and why.

Collection of Information From Sources

Also please note that when you submit certain types of files through SecureDrop, you may be sending us metadata associated with that file.

For example, if you submit a photo through SecureDrop in JPEG format, the file may include information about the date, time, and the GPS location of where it was taken, and the type of device used to take the photo. Similarly, if you submit a Word file (.doc or .docx) through SecureDrop, it may include the identity of the document’s author, the author’s operating system, GPS data about the author’s location, and the date and time when the document was created.

Our policy is to scrub metadata from the files we receive through SecureDrop before publication. If you don’t want to send us metadata, please use the Metadata Anonymization Toolkit to scrub the file before you submit it.

Collection of Information About Journalists’ Use of SecureDrop

New Internationalist collects information about journalists’ use of SecureDrop for security monitoring and to make sure the system works properly.

This information we collect about journalists includes details about the device, browser, and operating system journalists use when accessing the system, and the date and time of each session.

We retain these access logs for 30 days, and then delete them.

Data Security

New Internationalist works diligently to protect the identities of our sources and keep the information they give us confidential.

SecureDrop servers are under the physical control of New Internationalist and do not share common elements of the New Internationalist's other infrastructure.

However, no one can truly guarantee 100% security of any system. Like all software, SecureDrop may contain bugs. Ultimately, you use the SecureDrop service at your own risk.

Children Under 13

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act restricts our ability to collect personal information from children under 13. This site is not directed to children 12 or younger.

Changes to This Policy

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the policy will govern our collection and use of personal information and will always be at digital.newint.com.au/securedrop. If we make changes that we believe are material, we will prominently display a notice on our site 30 days before we make those changes.


New Internationalist welcomes questions, concerns, and feedback about this policy. If you have suggestions for us, feel free to let us know at simonl@newint.com.au - his PGP Public Key is available here.