EU Life&Liberty

10/03/2010 at 22:44

EU launches anonymous online whistleblower system

OLAF logoThe EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) has launched an anonymous online fraud tip-off system for citizens who wish to report evidence of official corruption.

The system is an addition to the existing email, telephone and postal reporting facilities, with the advantage that citizens can enter details anonymously via online forms.

Once connected to the site, the user creates a file that can be accessed subsequently by both user and EU official fraud investigators, allowing answers to be obtained to questions about the alleged fraud. The online form has to be filled in within 20 minutes, or it suggests that you attach larger files.

The site offers a secure mailbox facility to preserve confidentiality, however a whistleblower wishing to be sure of keeping his/her anonymity will most likely access the system using the facilities of a cybercafe.

It can be accessed at https://fns.olaf.europa.eu/ (click “Questionnaire”). Languages available are Dutch, English, French and German.

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