There is no question that the various Official Secrets Act(s) in the UK need urgent reform.
The venerable Law Commission has started off this process with a detailed Consultation.
Protection of Official Data Consultation 325 page (.pdf)
Duration of the consultation: We invite responses from 1 February 2017 to 3 April 2017.
Comments may be sent:
By email to email@example.com
By post to Criminal Law Team, Law Commission, 1st Floor, Tower, 52 Queen Anne’s
Gate, London, SW1H 9AG.
Tel: 020 3334 3100 / Fax: 020 3334 0201
If you send your comments by post, it would be helpful if, whenever possible, you could also send them electronically (for example, on CD or by email to the above address, in any
commonly used format).
However, their Threat Modelling seems incomplete. We need to ask ourselves exactly what exactly are we are trying to protect and from whom ? Expanding the definitions
to cover terrorist organisations rather than the undefined Enemy countries is ok, but it does nothing about "lone wolf" terrorists or fanatics.
It is all very well getting rid of restrictive pre WW1 terms like "models, sketches, drawings" etc. but there is only 1 passing reference to the Internet and mention of Protection of of Official MetaData or anything to do with Cryptography.
Nor are there any proposals to deal with the vast problem of Over Classification of government data and documents.
Will whistleblowers or journalists investigating UK #Brexit trade negotiating positions now fall foul of the new proposed legislation ?