UK: CONSULTATION ON LEGISLATION TO COUNTER “STATE THREATS” ND REGISTER “FOREIGN AGENTS”

A news release from the Home Office on 13 May advised that a consultation had been launched on proposals to modernise existing counter espionage laws to reflect the modern threat and modern legislative standards; create new offences, tools and powers to detect, deter and disrupt hostile activity in and targeted at the UK; and improve the ability to protect official data and ensure the associated offences reflect the greater ease at which significant harm can be done.  Proposals include to reform of the Official Secrets Acts 1911, 1920, 1939 and 1989; and the creation of a Foreign Influence Registration Scheme (like the US FARA regime).

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/986013/Consultation_Document_-_Legislation_to_Counter_State_Threats.pdf

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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