Telegraph laws

14 March 2015

This was part of the telegraph zone of the new Information Age gallery at the Science Museum:

Photograph of a framed excerpt of the Post Office (Protection) Act of 1884 (Section II) titled "Secrecy as to contents of Radiotelegrams, looks like for display in an office"

New technology, new data integrity and privacy laws?

There’s a couple of mentions of section II in Hansard here and here. It was part of a bill introduced by reformer Henry Fawcett when he was Postmaster General. Seemingly it only gets those mentions in Hansard due to inteventions from Charles Warton who was a bit of a pedant for process (although objecting to a bill being read at 5 AM does seem reasonable).