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The United Kingdoms Official Secrets Act 1989

Discussion in 'Think Tank' started by Cheokef, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Cheokef Member

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1989/6/contents

    Recently I have been trying to figure out simply in what situation is it necessary to hide information from the public. The finding of these documents somewhat startled me as the entire writing (perhaps except the arguable (and relative in relation to the wikileaks case) instance in which you are found releasing military information.) Seems to have a "because we can" approach to legislation of what appears to be a simple way of purely withholding information, that would seemingly cause no harm to the public or people hiding underneath this act, unless they had something more illicit to hide.

    A example of this in use could be BOEN, who you may be familiar with, it is said that they own the Bank Of England. The majority shareholders of this group, who have privatised the Bank Of England are completely protected from any freedom of information acts thanks to this legislation.

    Anybody care to share their "two cents"?
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