Security of Information Act

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The Security of Information Act is to protect Canada from spies, espionage, and sabotage.

Stated simply, do not do anything to interfere with a large number of Canadian’s lives, impair or threaten the Canadian Forces, national security or intelligence.

This law also includes use of a uniform or fake or altered identification to gain access to sensitive areas, which would otherwise be Fraud.

This could include passing any photos or information that are (or could be considered) national secrets to foreign countries. Generally, this act does not apply to photography, and offences are generally considered treason.

To be convicted, there must be proof that you had intent to do harm or interfere, or actually did harm or interfere.

Security of Information Act 3.:
(1).For the purposes of this Act, a purpose is prejudicial to the safety or interests of the State if a person
(a) commits, in Canada, an offence against the laws of Canada or a province that is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of two years or more in order to advance a political, religious or ideological purpose, objective or cause or to benefit a foreign entity or terrorist group;
(b) commits, inside or outside Canada, a terrorist activity;
(c) causes or aggravates an urgent and critical situation in Canada that
(i) endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians, or
(ii) threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security or territorial integrity of Canada;

Security of Information Act 5.:
(1). Every person is guilty of an offence under this Act who, for the purpose of gaining admission, or of assisting any other person to gain admission, to a prohibited place, or for any other purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of the State,
(a) uses or wears, without lawful authority, any military, police or other official uniform or any uniform so nearly resembling such a uniform as to be calculated to deceive, or falsely represents himself to be a person who is or has been entitled to use or wear any such uniform;
(b) orally or in writing in any declaration or application, or in any document signed by him or on his behalf, knowingly makes or connives at the making of any false statement or omission;
(c) forges, alters or tampers with any passport or any military, police or official pass, permit, certificate, licence or other document of a similar character, in this section referred to as an official document, or uses or has in his possession any such forged, altered or irregular official document;
(d) personates or falsely represents himself to be a person holding, or to be in the employment of a person holding, office under Her Majesty, or to be or not to be a person to whom an official document or secret official code word or password has been duly issued or communicated, or with intent to obtain an official document, secret official code word or password, whether for himself or any other person, knowingly makes any false statement

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