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Protection of official data : a consulation paper

Great Britain. Law Commission

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  • "The focus of this project is on the effectiveness of those criminal law provisions that protect official information. It is important to realise that not all information held by government is protected by the criminal law. As this report demonstratess, criminalisation is limited to the unauthorised disclosure of those categories of information that have implications for the national interest. It also limited to those working within or alongside government who have been trained in how to handle sensitive information."--


  • Includes bibliographical references.
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  • Introduction -- The Official Secrets Acts, 1911, 1920 and 1939 -- The Official Secrets Act 1989 -- Miscellaneous unauthorised disclosure secrets -- Procedural matters relating to investigation and trial -- Freedom of expression -- Public interest defence -- List of consultation questions and provisional conclusions -- Appendix A. Comparative legal analysis -- Appendix B. Miscellaneous unauthorised disclosure offences -- Appendix C. Government departments, organisations and individuals consulted -- Appendix D. The Official Secrets Acts 1911, 1920 and 1989