Identity of 'Most Wanted' tipsters not safe?

Concerns are being raised with regard to the confidentiality of people providing tip-offs in response to the new police website featuring Belgium's 'Most Wanted' criminals. Hackers have told the daily Gazet van Antwerpen that the identity of tipsters can easily be revealed.

The website enlisting the help of members of the public in the search for wanted criminals only went online on Friday. Members of the public can provide tips by using a special form (see below) on the website.

Hackers warn that the identity of tipsters is insufficiently protected. Hacker Eskimo in Gazet van Antwerpen: "This website violates all the rules of data protection. Given the sensitive nature of the content this is a serious problem."

Eskimo points out that the website's code features on a public platform. Moreover, the information first passes through the server of the American company FormSpree, "de facto under CIA scrutiny" Eskimo tells the daily.

Belgian federal police have said that they are taking this warning to heart and that they will examine if site security can be improved.

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