The "not fit for purpose" Home Office has chosen to publish their Public Consultation paper and Draft Code of Conduct on Part III of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the bit that was meant to deal with Government or Police access to Encrypted Data or Encryption Keys, but which has lain dormant on the Statute Book for 6 years, as a (.pdf) file with obscure fonts, making it it hard for most people to Copy and Paste the text.
Therefore, we have, with some assistance from a Spy Blog reader JR, created a mini-blog to help with this Public Consultation.
We have converted the text of the Consultation paper and the Draft Code of Conduct into HTML, so that people can Copy and Paste it into their own submissions to the Public Consultation.
Please comment or send your own submission, if you are involved in e-commerce, or internet banking, or care about the fundamental principle of "innocent until proven guilty", or if you care about online privacy and strong cryptography issues.
Even if you feel daunted by the task of submitting a full submission on this complicated topic, to the Public Consultation, please feel free to leave comments on any of the sections on the blog.
We will summarise these as part of our submission to the Home Office by August 20th 2006.
Our RIPA Part 3 consultation blog is at:
As a reminder of the "UK Crypto Wars", have a look at the Foundation for Information Policy Research's RIPA archive