Whistle-blowers are now being offered a witness protection scheme, to aid and expose wrongdoings made in the tech industry. The Signals Network works with a global network of journalists, providing assistance to potential whistle blowers. The purpose is to ensure that large organisations and corporations can be investigated. The non-for-profit founder Giles Raymond stated it will provide individuals working within big data, financial and legal support if they can show that the public are being affected negatively: misled, exploited, or harmed.

The reporters will examine information, each case being reviewed by the committee. Based on the public interest and risk exposure, the Signals Network can decide on the level of protection offered for whistle-blowers. The Signals acts like the equivalent of a witness protection programme, providing financial, legal, psychologically and public relations assistance to individuals who provide information exposing wrong-doing.

Several news organisations and The Signals Network have partnered together: The Big Data Call For information seeks whistle blowers involved in the technology industry to shed light on commonly misunderstood or questionable practices that could expose wrong-doing. For instance, why do companies chose specific product updates, what are their effects on customers? Is data being misused or inappropriately targeting children?

Big data can affect all areas of life; health care, law enforcement, machine learning/AI, social media and marketing. Data can be exploited and misled in many ways, wielding extraordinary influence.

If you believe the public is being exploited or misled by the wrongdoings of a corporation, we can provide free initial advice. If you’re considering raising concerns about unlawful activity to your employer’s attention, or feel that raising such concerns will lead to unfair treatment, we recommend that you seek expert legal advice from an employment lawyer, to maximise your protection under law. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 also protects an individual in a situation such as this.

To discuss your claim, call 0113 284 5000.

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