Cryptography

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received about the feasibility of the technical work involved in prohibiting the use of strong encryption; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential cost to businesses of prohibiting the use of strong encryption; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The Home Office have received a number of representations from members of the

public on encryption. This Government supports the use of encryption, which

helps keep personal data and intellectual property safe. It is also vital that

the security and intelligence agencies can access unencrypted data to prevent

threats to our national security, when it is necessary and proportionate to do

so. We will continue to engage with industry regarding these issues.

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