How to report safely?

It is unlikely that anyone would have the interest, resources or technological means to read your emails or messages, but you should keep in mind that there is no 100% safe and secure way of communicating electronically. Before reporting, you should think about the following:

  • Do not use a work computer to contact us. Many employers reserve the right to monitor employees’ Internet us, and this may inadvertently identify you
  • Do not use a work email address because the employer may be able to track it. Consider using an anonymous email address instead. It is also recommended to use an encrypted email account to send more secure messages – e.g. ProtonMail
  • Do not use an unsecured public Wi-Fi network when contacting us as it may not be safe
  • Do not tell anyone else that you are considering reporting misconduct unless a lawyer advises you to do so
  • Do not save communication with us on your work or home computer

When contacting us, make sure that you can explain and justify why you are contacting us, what you want to report and what you expect from ALAC. The summary of the case should be shorter, but where the most important information is highlighted. If you have any additional documents/evidence, you can add them to the report. We recommend referring to the most relevant parts of the documents. Moreover, try to describe the case without possible direct accusations against anyone.

Do not exaggerate or embellish the report. It is important to convey the facts and avoid:

  • Drawing conclusions about who might be guilty and involved in the case
  • To directly accuse someone of specific misconduct, such as fraud
  • Unreasonably speculating about the motives of anyone involved in misconduct

All inaccuracies, false or misleading information that you knowingly share can damage your credibility.