Guidelines for Informants: How to Contact SPIEGEL Securely


Protecting sources is SPIEGEL's top priority. If you would like to contact us securely, here are a few tips.

First things first, never contact us from your office. Your work phone, work cell phone or professional email address could be monitored. Instead, use your personal cell phone, home telephone or private email account. Even better, write to us from an Internet café using a new email account specially created for this communication and not including any reference to your name. Or use a cell phone with a prepaid card that wasn't purchased in your name.

A far safer way of reaching us is via encrypted emails using so-called "pretty good privacy" (PGP). To learn how that works, click here. You'll find the PGP public key for contacting a member of our editorial staff below on this page.

Never send us important information or documents by email. Burn the documents on a CD or store them on a USB stick or a chip card. We explain how you can encrypt the data here.

Always make a copy and keep it in a safe place. Send the data by post to us at this address: DER SPIEGEL, Name of the Journalist, Ericusspitze 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany. It's even safer, however, to agree to meet one of our journalists in person in a safe place and to transfer the documents directly to them.

Should you have any questions on how to deal safely with sensitive information, please use one of the means described above to contact us. You can do so anonymously if you prefer. You don't have to tell us your name. We'll be happy to give you further important tips on how to protect yourself as an informant.


By email: (Click here to download our PGP public key.)

By snail mail: DER SPIEGEL, Attention: "Briefkasten," Ericusspitze 1, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

By phone: 0049-40-3007-0, say "Briefkasten" (Brief-Cas-Ten)

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