If you suspect that your company or team is engaging in some kind of malfeasance—such as mishandling user data, or engaging in financial manipulation—you might have to become a whistleblower. And that’s a big, scary role to take on; even if your assumptions about illegal activity are correct, reporting it to the proper authorities can have all sorts of negative consequences.
For example, whistleblowers can find themselves shunned by their current coworkers, or retaliated against by their superiors; they might lose their job, ostensibly for reasons unrelated to the whistleblowing. There’s also the risk of lawsuits. In short, it’s a move to be made carefully, after much deliberation and discussion with people you trust.
Despite that blowback, whistleblowers can provide an invaluable service to society. For example, engineers have been at the forefront of providing information about Boeing’s 737 MAX issues.Read more here.