Facts Facts Doxing

To map and spread 1. private information 2. information that can identify a specific person or organization via the internet.

Today, doxing is a normal phenomenon on the internet. Doxing is when you search, map, and spread private information or information that can identify a person or organization via the internet.  

To collect information, people who are involved in doxing can use public databases and social media, but also hacking, psychological manipulation or fraud to get people to disclose confidential information. It is also commonly linked to various types of crimes like blackmail, harassment, threats, or slander.

Unlawful threats 


Advice Gather digital evidence

Document and save everything that can be used to investigate what has happened.

Guide: Gather digital evidence 

Advice File a police report!

File a police report, even if it does not lead to a charge, it’s important to report so that statistics can show that the internet is for real.

File a police report

Advice Why are you exposed?

If you suspect that it is happening because of who you are based on race/ethnicity, religion, sex, transgender identity or expression, disability, sexuality or age – it can be unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment, a hate crime or hate speech.

Hate crimes 


Advice In a media witch-hunt, don't answer!

Do not answer in affect. Do not answer the person who is attacking you by attacking that person back. In situations of a media witch-hunt, this is particularly important because strong responses can intensify the witch-hunt.

Media witch-hunt

Journalism, ethics and doxing as a method

Doxing happens for various reasons, and there is an ethical discussion within journalism about using doxing as a method.