What do we mean by ANONYMity?
Firstly, there is no legal definition of anonymity.
We value the information you provide much more than knowing your identity. That’s why we take measures to protect your anonymity if you prefer it, whether you use the online report form within this website or telephone the call centre on 1800 333 000.
Here are the measures we take to protect your anonymity to the greatest extent:
Online Report Default
- We do not have access to personal data. Your IP address, details of the computer you are using or your location is never recorded.
- Recently, we upgraded the online protection in our reporting pages using the Tor network. This means that the report you submit passes through a minimum of three different global servers or nodes, each providing a separate layer of encryption before the report reaches its destination. Therefore, what is being transmitted cannot be intercepted, modified or read and the source of the document received cannot be backtracked.
Further information about the Tor Network.
- No caller ID on the call centre telephones (i.e. no phone number shown)
- Your telephone call is never recorded
While each case must be taken on its own merits, the case below is a good example of the strong view that the courts take regarding the anonymity of information disclosed to Crime Stoppers.
- WA Supreme Court Case Stated THE STATE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA -v CHRISTIE  WASC 214
In the above case, the Hon. Justice J McKECHNIE ruled:
“Nothing is advanced that would satisfy me as to the legitimate forensic purpose in disclosing this material. Even if there was some legitimate forensic purpose, I consider that the strong public interest in the confidentiality of all information provided by callers to the Crime Stoppers program would require the public interest immunity to extend over that material”. Para 39
Safer browsing with our Quick Exit button
Visitors to our website can now have a safer browsing experience with our Quick Exit button. This allows you to quickly leave the website if you don’t want someone to see that you’re looking at Crime Stoppers information.
This button is helpful only if you need to quickly switch to another website. It won’t prevent the other person from going through your browser history or from knowing you were on that website if they are monitoring your device or internet activity remotely.
Clearing your browsing history
As you browse the Internet, most web page data is cached locally on your computer to help pages load faster and reduce the amount of data you need to transfer over your Internet connection.
To help keep your browsing history private, and to free up disk space on your computer, you can clear your internet browsing history.
More tips on how to browse safely and minimize the chances of someone tracking your browsing history.