Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor and Chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), has welcomed a landmark study, launched today, examining the use of research by Parliamentarians.
This two year project was carried out by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in conjunction with University College London and funded through a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
With the publication of new Investigatory Powers legislation due this week, Adam Afriyie MP, a former technology entrepreneur and Chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has said that a crackdown on encryption technology would be economically irresponsible and ultimately futile.
In an article, published on the Telegraph Online, Adam Afriyie writes:
“The Government is rightly concerned about the risks of digital encryption technology, in the same way that it was concerned about invisible ink, encoded letters and faxes in the past. If there is substance to rumours of a crackdown on encryption in the publication of new Investigatory Powers legislation, it would be as mistaken as it would be ineffective.