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Secrecy in democracy

Author(s): Marjan Brezovšek and Damir Črnčec

Journal: Journal of Comparative Politics
ISSN 1337-7477

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 27;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: principle of secrecy | principle of publicity | arcana imperii | classified data protection | European Union | NATO Alliance

This article deals with a complex social phenomenon – secrecy –in an interdisciplinary manner. In modern democratic societies, Arcanaimperii – the principle of the secrecy of authorities' operations has been replaced by a new institute, the system of classified data protection. From a historical point of view, the principle of publicity deserves a lot of credit in democratisation of the arcana imperii principle as it still represents the antithesis of the secrecy principle. Modern democratic states and international organisations attempt to provide classified data protection through a comprehensive and multilayered system. A system with a firm normative basis includes security checks of persons, physical and technical protection, an integral system of access to classified data etc. After having joined the European Union and the NATO Alliance, Slovenia will have to abide by the standards of classified data protection used by both organisations. The basis of this is represented by a suitable system of classified data protection in Slovenia.
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