Classified Information

Prince William's snaps reveal UK defence ministry passwords

Photos of Prince William showed more than intended. Photo: EPA

British palace officials had to hastily remove several photographs of Prince William from his official website after realising that they showed Ministry of Defence passwords in the background.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 4:08am

High Court set to decide on state secrets law's reach

Regulators and accountants in Hong Kong are facing a challenge of how to handle China's state secrecy laws. The Hong Kong Court of First Instance earlier this month ordered Ernst & Young to explain the basis on which it relies upon "state secrets" as the reason for refusing to hand over accounting records to the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).

19 Sep 2012 - 12:42pm

Former Navy SEAL's book contains classified information, Pentagon says

The former US Navy SEAL who penned a book on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden revealed classified information in his first-hand account and could face criminal charges, officials said.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:51am

Beijing refused US guard's spy offer

A former security guard at a US consulate compound under construction in Guangzhou has pleaded guilty to trying to sell photographs and other classified documents to Beijing after losing tens of thousands of dollars in the US stock market.

1 Sep 2012 - 4:42am

Missing laptops raise alarm

British consular officials are staying tight-lipped over a break-in at the Stanley home of a senior diplomat, and on whether two laptops stolen in the incident contain sensitive information.

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Two jailed in clampdown on leaked data

Two former officials have been jailed for leaking confidential economic data in a move that acknowledges flaws in the mainland's loose financial regulations and sends a warning to journalists seeking scoops.

Four other officials from the securities industry are also being held for questioning, senior government and prosecutorial officials said yesterday.

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Employee aids data leak probe

An employee of the National Bureau of Statistics is being investigated on suspicion of leaking national economic data before they were officially released, the bureau's spokesman Sheng Laiyun said yesterday.

The employee works for the bureau's general office's secretary division, Sheng said without elaboration.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Fresh call for archive law to halt destruction of documents

Six of Hong Kong's 12 policy bureaus have not stored a single file in the government archives over the past five years, official figures show.

And for every page of a document transferred to the archive for permanent retention last year, 289 pages were destroyed.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Administration rejects group's plan for draft HK archive law

An advocacy group formed by archivists and retired judges has drafted an archives law for Hong Kong, but the administration has given it the cold shoulder.

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Secret agenda

Most countries, including the United States, struggle to strike a balance between the need to keep some government information secret in the interest of national security and the need to provide free access to most information in the interest of popular participation and economic development.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

Secrecy law revision a wasted opportunity

Mainland authorities have long known of the defects in the state secrecy law. Legislators drafted it with their own definitions of what needed to be protected in mind, paying little heed to how they could be abused. Massive economic and social changes in the 21 years since it was enacted have made the need for a radical reshaping a matter of urgency.

2 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Key questions go unanswered in draft changes to state secrets law

Mainland lawmakers have completed the second draft of revisions to the controversial Protection of State Secrets Law, apparently in time for the changes to be approved at the annual meeting of the National People's Congress beginning next week.

25 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Onus on lawmakers to clarify draft secrets law

Hopes are being pinned on legislators to clarify the murky Protection of State Secrets Law, as public consultation ends today on a draft revision legal experts fear could make the mainland even more secretive.

31 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Law may make government more covert

Proposed changes to the 20-year-old Protection of State Secrets Law might create an even more secretive government, legal experts warn.

23 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

The right to know

A year ago, the State Council promulgated nationwide information regulations that accepted the need for the government to be transparent and for the right of the public to have access to official information. These regulations came into effect on May 1 and mark a major step forward for human rights in China.

21 May 2008 - 12:00am