D-Notice: A government “request” (unlawful order) to the media to not report specific pieces of information.
Defence Advisory Notice
There have been a number of articles recently in connection with some of the ways in which the UK Intelligence Services obtain information from foreign sources.
Although none of these recent articles has contravened any of the guidelines contained within the Defence Advisory Notice System, the intelligence services are concerned that further developments of this same theme may begin to jeopardize both national security and possibly UK personnel…
There must be real panic in Whitehall right now. Well every D-Notice deserves an FU-Notice in return. What they’re saying is: “We’re breaking the law in spying on the people, but don’t report it.” From The Guardian:
Ministers are under mounting pressure to explain whether they authorised GCHQ to gather intelligence on Britons from the world’s biggest internet companies via a covertly run operation set up by America’s top spy agency.
MPs, academics and campaign groups rounded on the government after the Guardian disclosed that GCHQ, the UK’s electronic eavesdropping and security headquarters, had been supplied with information from the top secret system.