Section 12 – Special rules on procedures of organisations relating to intelligence and security matters

(1) This section applies to—
(a) an intelligence and security agency; and
(b) any other organisation in the public sector that holds or has access to—
(i) classified information; or
(ii) information relating to the activities of an intelligence and security agency.
(2) An organisation to which this section applies must have internal procedures that—
(a) provide that the persons to whom a disclosure of information described in subsection (1)(b) may be made must be persons holding an appropriate security clearance and be authorised to have access to the information; and
(b) state that the only appropriate authority to whom information described in subsection (1)(b) may be disclosed is the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security; and
(c) invite any employee who has disclosed, or is considering the disclosure of, information described in subsection (1)(b) under this Act to seek information and guidance from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, and not from an Ombudsman; and
(d) state that no disclosure of information described in subsection (1)(b) may be made to an Ombudsman or to a Minister of the Crown other than—
(i) the Minister responsible for an intelligence and security agency; or
(ii) the Prime Minister.