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Questions and Answers about the Service

Anonymity Privacy Submissions

Device Security

Watch a video on YouTube® showing how to use the app

Submissions

What is the Report It App?

What kind of tips can I submit?

You can submit any tip about crimes that may be happening in your communities that involve firearms, explosives, arson and violent crime. For more information on ATF’s focus areas, visit our page on What We Do.

How do I submit a tip?

You can use your mobile device for the reportit® system. Watch a video on YouTube® for details on how to use the app. You can also continue to use our submission form on the ATF website, which is also anonymous.

Can I submit a tip in a language other than English?

Even though the reportit® app is in English, you can still report your tip in other languages. You can submit tips in 17 languages other than English: Spanish, French, Arabic, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Chinese, Dutch, Filipino, German, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian. The multi-language function is available on the web mobile version only.

To submit tips in other languages you can:

  • go to https://mobile.reportit.com on your phone and choose your language or
  • send a text to 63975 using your local field division code, click on the reportit® link that’s texted back to you, choose your language and follow the prompts to report your tip. For example, if you have a tip for the ATF Chicago Field Division, send the code “ATFCHIC” to 63975. See below for your local field division.

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Which operating system does this app work on?

The reportit® App has been developed to work on Android, iOS (Apple) and WebMobile platforms. In all three scenarios, we have developed methodology to ensure complete anonymity. reportit® on a mobile device communicates directly with the reportit® database and does not use SMS or cellular information, thus we do not have access to the users phone number or email information.

Does the TIPS system support other operating systems?

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iOS (Apple) and Android devices are supported by the system. Users of other operating systems (e.g. Windows, RIM (Blackberry) etc.) will be able to use the system using the web app WebMobile.

How do I use the system if I don’t have an iOS or Android device?

You can access the system using WebMobile. WebMobile applications are accessed by using internet browser software such as Chrome or Safari. The first time you access the reportit® website (www.reportit.com) from your mobile device, reportit® generates a unique ID and stores it in the browser’s local storage. When you return to the site, reportit.com will recognize your settings. Since the ID created by reportit® is random, there is no connection to the device itself, thus we do not have a way to identify the device being used. You can also continue to use the submit a tip webform on ATF’s website that is also anonymous.

Anonymity

Is this tip system anonymous?

Yes

How anonymous is it?

reportit®is not designed to track users of the system. If you choose to use the system to submit a tip, we are unable to track your device, track your location or track your identity in any other manner. ATF has chosen to use this system so that you can submit tips to us while respecting your need for privacy or anonymity.

If there is an active situation, should I use reportit® so I can remain anonymous?

In event of any emergency or active situation, please do not use this system. You should call 911 or your local police for immediate assistance.

If there is reward associated, how can I claim it while remaining anonymous?

If an award is offered, there will be special guidance on how to claim that reward from the ATF field division associated with your tip. To find the ATF field office near you, visit our page with the list of ATF field divisions.

Privacy

What expectations of privacy can I have?

No device information is collected by ATF as part of this service. Your identity is completely anonymous to reportit®and ATF and your tip is only identifiable via a unique ID that has no connection to the device. Any information you submit is directed to ATF, who will disseminate the information to the appropriate field office. You can chose to provide your personal information, but please be aware that this is voluntary and not required.

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Where can I read about your privacy policies?

Answer: You can read about the Department of Justice (DOJ) policies on the department’s policy page: https://www.justice.gov/doj/privacy-policy. The privacy policy describes what information is made available to the DOJ when you visit the department’s websites, and describes how that information is used and stored.

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Your personal information does not need to be submitted in order to report a tip. Any information about you is collected only if you choose to provide your contact information, however please do not share your Social Security Number (SSN). If you choose to provide your location at the time you submit a tip, that information will be collected. ATF will also collect photos or videos if you choose to upload them.

What information is ATF collecting about my device?

ATF does not collect any information about your device. We do not have a way to identify the hardware being used.

Can I use my desktop or laptop to submit a tip? Will my IP address be tracked?

You can access the system using WebMobile. WebMobile applications are accessed by using internet browser software such as Chrome or Safari. The first time you access the reportit® website (www.reportit.com) from your computer, reportit® generates a unique ID and stores it in the browser’s local storage. When you return to the site, reportit.com will recognize your settings. Since the ID created by reportit® is random, there is no connection to the device itself, thus we do not have a way to identify the device being used. You can also continue to use our submission form on the ATF website, which is also anonymous.

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Will ATF be registering my device through the app?

No. Android: reportit® captures a unique software ID that is randomly generated when the user first sets up the device and should remain constant for the lifetime of the your device. Since the value is random, there is no connection to the device itself, thus we do not have a way to identify the hardware being used.

No. iOS: reportit® generates a random unique ID when you download the app. This ID is stored in iCloud so that you can access reports and answers if the app were to be reinstalled. Since the ID is created by reportit® and is random, there is no connection to the device itself, thus we do not have a way to identify the hardware being used.

Security

Will ATF be tracking my device through the app?

No. Android: reportit® a unique software ID that is randomly generated when you first set up the device and should remain constant for the lifetime of the your device. Since the value is random, there is no connection to the device itself, thus, we do not have a way to identify the hardware being used.

No. iOS: reportit® generates a random unique ID when you download the app. This ID is stored in iCloud so you can access reports and answers if the app were to be reinstalled. Since the ID is created by reportit® and is random, there is no connection to the device itself, thus we do not have a way to identify the hardware being used.

What information will come in push notifications and how does it work?

reportit®generates a device token for Android and iOS applications based upon the method outlined above to provide push notifications. If you agree to accept push notifications from reportit® during initial installation, the device token that is created during installation will be used to send push notifications to your device.