The security of your information is paramount to us. To protect your privacy, we use industry-standard Secure Sockets Layer technology to safeguard data. We further promote security by not accepting documents at the intake application stage of reviewing requests for assistance. If we need documentation to adequately understand your situation or if we decide to move forward with legal or advocacy support, we will work with you directly to maintain the degree of security needed.
Further, any communication by parties seeking to report wrongdoing is made in the strictest confidence. No names, content, or related issues will be shared with any outside party, agency, or company without consent. Government Accountability Project has fought and prevailed for this specific right against two subpoenas in federal court that would have required revealing names—one in a case involving the Department of Justice and the other against Food Lion, Inc. See United States v. Garde, 673 F. Supp. 604, 606 (D.D.C. 1987), app. dism., 848 F.2d 1037 (D.C. Cir. 1988).
Moreover, the confidentiality rules that govern attorney-client relationships extend to the attorney-prospective client relationship. As an applicant for services, you will be a prospective client, so communications with Government Accountability Project will be protected by the attorney-client privilege and insulated from efforts to compel disclosure. (For more information, see the ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.18, Duties to Prospective Clients)
For those particularly concerned about secure and confidential communications, we recommend that you download the Tor Browser. Tor software protects your privacy by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: It prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked. You can download the Tor Browser, which is free, here.