In 2006 Wim Vandekerckhove wrote in his book “Whistleblowing and Organizational Social Responsibility : A Global Assessment.“:
“A whistleblower is a person who exposes secretive information or activity within a private or public organization that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct.“
Whistleblowing is one of the most important instruments to protect human society, democracy and the maintenance of social peace. Very often whistleblowing is, apart from intelligence activities, the only possible source of information regarding illegal behavior by governments or government-related authorities. Without a Mark Felt („Deep Throat“ / Watergate Affair) or an Edward Snowden (NSA-Affair) the world would never have known about the unethical, unlegal or criminal activities of members of government or even entire authorities.
But whistleblowing is not only reduced to the political level. Whistleblowing is also a way to maintain fairness, open and legal competition on national and international (trade) markets. In this way too, whistleblowing contributes to social peace.
In many countries national laws place corruption in the category of serious crime and often impose very high penalties (FCPA, ABA…) Whistleblowing, however, is one of the few ways of obtaining information about an alleged corruption affair at all.
This is also the reason why the regulations in these laws also require the establishment of so-called whistleblower hotlines or the installation of secure information systems that guarantee independent reporting of ethical violations.
One of the most important criteria for the successful installation of a whistleblower hotline is to guarantee the absolut anonymity of the whistleblower. This is a mandatory requirement!
ARROWS / Insiders Corp already operates such hotlines for a long time (also in connection with Whistleblower Action Centers)in various countries (North Africa, Asia, Europe).
For all transmitted information and data, we consistently and automatically use AES-256-bit encryption technology. In this way we currently achieve a standard that absolutely excludes illegal data loss.
The following links show some of the corruption or bribery cases in the recent past that have come to light, also and especially through the courage of whistleblowers.
For every whistleblower it is important to know where the boundaries lie between the necessary and conscientious information of the public about unethical behaviour and the betrayal of trade or state secrets out of material or other personally motivated self-interest without a general social interest in the sense of democracy. In many cases the line is very thin.