Whistleblower Protection Act: Finally European governments realize that whistleblowers need to be protected & are putting this requirement into law!

Now Tutanota launches the Whistleblower System Secure Connect - anonymous & automatically encrypted.

After adoption in the Federal Council, the Protection of Information Act can enter into force in Germany.
After the corruption scandals at Wirecard and the scandal of EU MP Kaili being bribed by Qatar, European governments are finally increasing whistleblower protection! In Germany and Austria a new law is about to be passed that will bring incentives and protections to whistleblowers so that violations of the law are noticed earlier and can be stopped: the Hinweisgeberschutzgesetz (Whistleblower Protection). To enable SMEs as well as larger companies to comply with the new law, Tutanota now launches the Whistleblower System Secure Connect.

New Whistleblower System

Secure Connect is the new whistleblower system that lets companies add a secure and anonymous reporting channel to their website or Intranet within half an hour.

Whistleblower System for SMEs

Tutanota's whistleblower system Secure Connect has been designed specifically for the needs of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) and brings with it lots of advantages, particularly compared to complicated, extensive whistleblower systems designed for large corporations.

  • Easy implementation, ready to use within half an hour

  • Best price-performance ratio: only 32,40 euros/month

  • Accepts tips in a legally secure and anonymous way

  • Can be customized with your company's branding

  • Available in 30 languages

  • Unlimited number of notices

  • Unlimited number of administrators

  • End-to-end encryption for maximum security

  • No complicated case management, but simple folder structure

  • Made & hosted in Germany

All-in-all the whistleblower system Secure Connect is the preferred tool for small and middle-sized companies.

Launch before Whistleblower Protection comes into force

The launch of our whistleblower system comes right before the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive comes into force in Germany and Austria.

Both countries, Germany and Austria, plan to adopt the whistleblower protection law in February 2023.

In Austria, the majority of the National Council voted in favour of the law beginning of February. The next step for the law is to pass the Federal Council. It enters into force on the day following its promulgation. After this, companies larger than 250 employees must comply with the law within six months. Companies with more than 49, but less than 250 employees need to comply with the law by December 17th 2023.

In Germany, the Federal Council will decide upon the law on 10th of February. Then the Federal President must sign the law before it is published in the Official Gazette, after which companies with more than 250 employees must be compliant right away. Companies with more than 49, but less than 250 employees must comply with the new law by December 17th 2023.

Update 2023-02-13: The DCU-led states in the Federal Council voted against the HinSchG. The federal government now wants to change the law in such a way that it can enter into force without requiring the approval of the Federal Council.

You can find more details on the current state of the Whistleblower Protection Act here.

Why is whistleblower protection important?

Whistleblowers are very important to stop bribery, corruption or any other kind of illegal activity, also for companies' reputation. Today lots of large companies have realized that it can be beneficial to their own business to detect illegal activity among their employees or directors early on and have already implemented whistleblower systems.

But also smaller companies like SMEs want to make sure that all employees adhere to current legislation. Having an easy-to-use whistleblower system in place can help a lot to motivate employees with knowledge of illegal activities to come forward and inform the company about potential issues. This gives the company the chance to take adequate measures - before the incident becomes public and harms the company's reputation or even its business.

However, many potential whistleblowers do not blow the whistle for fear that this could lead to negative consequences for themselves - for instance by being fired. That's why an anonymous and encrypted whistleblower system like Secure Connect is needed: to motivate employees to come forward and blow the whistle.

But the Whistleblower Protection Directive goes even further than that: This new legislation reverses the burden of proof. If an employee that has blown the whistle gets fired, the company must prove that informing on the illegal activities within the company was not the reason why this particular employee had been fired.

This is a great move by the legislators and will reduce illegal activities such as bribery, corruption and other incidents in European companies.

"For the first time, politicians recognise that comprehensive protection of whistleblowers is important," says Arne Möhle, CEO of Tutanota. "After scandals like Wirecard, this is not only appropriate, but long overdue! As an innovation leader in the field of secure communication, we see ourselves strengthened in our goal to develop the internet into a secure space. Only through strong encryption and anonymity - as required by the HinSchG - will whistleblowers have the courage to report abuses of the law so that they can be remedied before greater damage is done."