Open Rights Group (ORG) has submitted a written response to the UK government's Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA) consultation. ORG has expressed its concerns about the proposed changes in the consultation, which they claim are intended to reduce the possibility of introducing encryption to protect user data from unwanted access. ORG highlights that limiting the roll-out of encryption due to law enforcement considerations could put large numbers of users at risk and enable criminal or unlawful behaviour. To conclude, ORG urges the Home Office to assess alternative methods of access it has available and improve the investigative abilities of law enforcement instead of being concerned about the increase of encrypted technology.
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