MoD Employees Guilty Of Leaking Military Secrets On Social Networks

In a rather blunt admission, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said that its employees have given away some crucial secrets on the social networking platforms during past one and a half year or so.

The MoD has admitted that its staff leaked secret info as many as 16 times on various social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, over the period of past eighteen months.

The Ministry doled out info about the reported leaks in response to a request made by Lewis PR, a company which handles personal relations for the security vendor F-secure, under the Freedom of Information Act.

However, the MoD didn’t expose what type of information was leaked, and the disciplinary action it had subsequently taken against the responsible personnel who voluntarily or involuntarily leaked the important details online.

Nevertheless, the MoD personnel aren’t restricted from using the social networking sites, but they have to observe some principles and follow some rules while interacting online.

Lewis PR further cited the code of conduct for the MoD employees, which says: “Remember you are a member of HM Forces / MOD civil servant. Observe the same high standard of conduct and behaviour online as would be expected of you in your professional or personal life”.

Our Comments

Leaks from military personnel cannot be possibly avoided unless the military hierarchy either introduce martial courts and heavy penalties or all forms of communications are eliminated. Both are not likely to be implemented anytime soon and to be honest, one leak every month is not significant (although that would depend on the type of data leaked).

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