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Official Secrets Act

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I signed this years ago, 21 years to be exact, for a job i had. How long are you bound by it, or is it just for the duration of the job ?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    For life, AFAIK. But only with regards to the things you learned.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I thought it was something like 50 years... Didn't you read your contract? :P
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Well i didn't learn anything that would be bound by the act, unfortunately. Was when i worked for the Royal Greenwich Observatory in Herstmonceux.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I had to sign it when I worked as a Christmas mail sorter for the Post Office years ago, what secrets I was supposed to keep secret I dont know. You may be shocked to know that post comes in, we sorted it, then it went out.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm bound by it too, but I've no idea what I'm not supposed to tell people! These days people can request most information via Freedom of Information Act.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I thought it was 100 years, isn't there something where the truth is allowed to come out after 100 years?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yup, I signed this when I worked for the Inland Revenue. Was hardly the MI-5 to be honest...!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    budda wrote:
    You may be shocked to know that post comes in, we sorted it, then it went out.

    :shocking: :shocking: :shocking:

    You're going down for life mate!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    VinylVicky wrote:
    I thought it was 100 years, isn't there something where the truth is allowed to come out after 100 years?

    The government can put different restrictions on when information can be made knowledge depending on how sensitive they think which is.

    However more information can be found here
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Wyetry wrote:
    The government can put different restrictions on when information can be made knowledge depending on how sensitive they think which is.

    However more information can be found here

    Ahh good old wikipedia, the constant source of internet misinformation.

    Here's the real deal http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1989/Ukpga_19890006_en_1.htm
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yup, I signed this when I worked for the Inland Revenue. Was hardly the MI-5 to be honest...!

    Me too. Still work for them though. It's not M15 but I have seen some interesting things whilst working there. Not that I'm about to tell youse lot :razz:

    Anyhow, I don't know how long I'm bound by it. Might read Mist's link in a sec to find out haha
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