Draft Investigatory Powers Bill meeting for the final inquiry session. Dr Nithin Thomas, an academic expert on encryption technology and the founder and CEO of the security start up SQR Systems have the following comments on it.
Dr Nithin Thomas, Co-Founder and CEO of SQR Systems:
“The final evidence session of the committee inquiry into the Investigatory Powers Bill today comes after strong protest from some of the leading businesses operating in the UK. However, while operational policy and safeguarding has remained a focus, we must not overlook that the importance of the technology at the heart of the situation.
“The UK is a world leader in developing innovative encryption technology, and we have now reached a point where it is possible to ensure protection for sensitive data without impeding urgent criminal investigations.
“As stated by the Dutch government last week, strong encryption is absolutely vital for the privacy and security of the entire country, from individuals and businesses to the state itself. Both private enterprises and the government must explore all options that would enable encryption to be kept strong while addressing the growing concerns around communications between terrorists and criminals.”
[su_box title=”About Dr. Nithin Thomas” style=”noise” box_color=”#336588″]Nithin Thomas is a technology entrepreneur with expertise in development and commercialisation of technology research, having developed much of the early technology at SQR Systems during his academic career at the University of Bristol. He is the CEO and Co-founder of SQR Systems, where he has grown the company from a concept to early revenues, successfully delivering R&D projects through various private and public funded research programmes focussing on cybersecurity and secure data transmission. Prior to SQR Systems, Nithin worked in sales and marketing at a global technology consultancy.[/su_box]