It is one of the primary responsibilities of the ombudsperson to treat information on the suspicion of corruption with strict confidentiality and to protect the informant. This occurs within the attorney's legal obligation to maintain secrecy and on the basis of additional contractual regulations. Even the initial contact with the ombudsperson enjoys legal protection. The identity of the informant will therefore not be disclosed, unless the informant explicitly so wishes and agrees to it in writing. The ombudsperson's legal obligation to maintain secrecy applies not only to the company but also to the police and the district attorney, should the information lead to criminal proceedings.