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.”