Do You Know About Official Secrets Acts?

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Do You Know About Official Secrets Acts? - Quiz

Keep your voice down, we are dealing with government secrets and espionage here. How much do you know about different governments' Official Secrets Acts? Hush. . .


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How many countries currently have an act with the exact name: Official Secrets Act?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      8

    • D. 

      15

  • 2. 
    What is the main purpose of the Official Secrets Act in Great Britain?
    • A. 

      Punishes the act of lying under oath in British courts

    • B. 

      Outlines consequences for working with 2 competing businesses at the same time

    • C. 

      Prohibits the disclosure of sensitive government information to a third party

    • D. 

      Punishes abandonment and treason within the military

  • 3. 
    What year is Britain's most recent Official Secrets Act?
    • A. 

      1889

    • B. 

      1911

    • C. 

      1936

    • D. 

      1989

  • 4. 
    What is the punishment for breaking Malaysia's OSA of 1972?
    • A. 

      Various fines

    • B. 

      6 months jail and 6 months probation

    • C. 

      1 to 7 years in prision

    • D. 

      Life in prison

  • 5. 
    What is strange about the Republic of Ireland's Official Secrets Act?
    • A. 

      The trial takes place completely in the public eye

    • B. 

      The trial proceedings occur in private

    • C. 

      It only applies to civil servents

    • D. 

      A suit my by instigated by anyone

  • 6. 
    When did New Zealand ditch their Official Secrets Act?
    • A. 

      1899

    • B. 

      1951

    • C. 

      1977

    • D. 

      1982

  • 7. 
    Which country has a Security of Information Act?
    • A. 

      Hong Kong

    • B. 

      Canada

    • C. 

      New Zealand

    • D. 

      United States

  • 8. 
    How many convictions happened under Canada's old Official Secrets Act?
    • A. 

      22

    • B. 

      32

    • C. 

      42

    • D. 

      52

  • 9. 
    What name is given to the Official Secrets Act in the US?
    • A. 

      Official Information Act

    • B. 

      Official Secrets Ordinance

    • C. 

      Espionage Act

    • D. 

      Security of Information Act

  • 10. 
    What is the main criticism of Official Secrets Acts?
    • A. 

      Judges are bias on the cases

    • B. 

      They are only applicable in wartime

    • C. 

      They threaten journalists, whistleblowers and anti-war activists

    • D. 

      The vague language allows convicts off the hook

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