Government backtracks on encryption enquiry

    Date04 Apr 2001
    CategoryCryptography
    3232
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Despite accepting its own taskforce recommendation two weeks ago, the Home Office now says there will be no independent enquiry into the effects of the controversial RIP Act The Home Office has backtracked on a promise to commission an independent . . . Despite accepting its own taskforce recommendation two weeks ago, the Home Office now says there will be no independent enquiry into the effects of the controversial RIP Act The Home Office has backtracked on a promise to commission an independent enquiry into the effects of legislation that will give police and other authorities the power to intercept data transmitted over private networks and demand decryption keys from the place where data is encrypted.

    The promise was made two weeks ago on the recommendation of the Better Regulation Taskforce (BRTF) -- an independent advisory body backed by the Cabinet Office -- following publication of its Regulating Cyberspace report last December.

    In the report, the BRTF recommended that a year after the implementation of RIPA, the controversial parts I and III of the Act should be reviewed to consider whether it is effective in meeting its aims. The Home Office originally accepted the proposal, but is now ruling out the need for an independent enquiry.

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