CBC SecureDrop

How to contact CBC anonymously

CBC is serious about protecting sources. We are also serious about providing you the most secure and confidential way to reach us to share sensitive information.

In this day and age, internet traffic can be monitored. SecureDrop is a special method to securely, anonymously contact CBC and our top investigative journalists. SecureDrop will help you establish an anonymous on-line connection, and then help you to send CBC investigative journalists encrypted messages or documents.

Other ways to contact CBC News

If you have feedback, insight, a tip or story idea that doesn’t require anonymity there are easier ways to reach our newsrooms across Canada:


CBC News SecureDrop

What makes a good SecureDrop tip?

CBC News is looking to tell original, compelling and newsworthy Canadian and International stories that are in the public interest. Documents or other evidence can be essential to that.

Please articulate your information clearly and provide relevant names, documents, videos or pictures, highlighting any specific concerns you believe we should focus on.

Speculation does not meet the level of a strong tip.

How Do I Get Started?

It can seem daunting. But don't worry! We'll walk you through some simple steps. Your decision to use CBC's SecureDrop is yours — and yours alone.

  1. Use only a computer you control or trust. Don't use a work computer. To prevent someone from snooping on your internet activity, don't go online from home or work. Connect using a network you do not normally use such as a public wi-fi at a restaurant or coffee shop.
  2. Download and install Tor Browser. This program can prevent others from tracking you on-line as you connect to SecureDrop.
  3. Using the laptop/desktop version of Tor Browser you can access the CBC SecureDrop site using the short name: cbcrc.securedrop.tor.onion
  4. On a mobile device you can also access the CBC SecureDrop site using the CBC SecureDrop site using the long name:
  5. For maximum security, instead of installing Tor Browser on your computer, create a secure USB boot key. See Tip #3 below.
  6. The SecureDrop site will give you a pass-phrase which will serve as the user-name. You will need this user-name to log back into the site at a later time to check for messages from our journalists. These messages are the only way we will be able to reach you. So memorize your user-name, or write it down somewhere secure. It can not be retrieved once you leave the site.
  7. To learn more about the SecureDrop project please use Tor Browser to connect anonymously to: sdolvtfhatvsysc6l34d65ymdwxcujausv7k5jk4cy5ttzhjoi6fzvyd.onion

Tip #1: Be patient. Read all instructions first. This on-line system is slower than you may be used to.

Tip #2: Don't access our SecureDrop server from your home or office.

Tip #3: To ensure maximum privacy, create and use the Tails anonymous operating system USB boot key. This ensures no traces of your internet usage will be saved to your computer. The Tor Browser is included with Tails.

What happens when I send information to CBC's SecureDrop?

Your connection to CBC through SecureDrop is anonymous. We don't know who you are — unless you tell us in a message. Your internet address is untraceable.

Your information arrives at CBC encrypted. We download it to a special computer not connected to our regular networks, locked in a restricted, secured room. The information is then read on a computer totally disconnected from the internet.

Only a small group of senior investigative journalists have access to the SecureDrop "in box."

You can send your information "to the attention" of any specific CBC reporter, or simply to "CBC Investigations."

We check incoming messages on a regular basis, but it may take some time for us to get back to you, so be sure to check back in a few days if you are requesting a response.

CBC's Commitment to Protecting Sources

Anonymous sources are a vital part of journalism. When we receive leaked information or documents, we must verify their authenticity, corroborate the information they contain, and carefully assess the material before publishing, all according to CBC's Journalistic Standards.

CBC has adopted SecureDrop to enhance our ability to protect sources in order to allow people with important information to come forward and expose matters of public interest. Used correctly, with appropriate security precautions on your own computer, SecureDrop will provide you a much greater level of anonymity and security.

SecureDrop is regularly audited by independent security experts, but like all software, no form of electronic communication can be made 100% secure. Ultimately, use it at your own risk.