Peter Mandelson, the Trade and Industry secretary, this week put the ?challenge to liberate ecommerce? at the heart of his policy agenda.
In an address to the Labour party?s annual conference in Blackpool, Mandelson said that a bill to regulate the use of cryptography will form part of the government?s next legislative programme. The bill, which aims to establish a legal framework for the use of digital signatures, will place Labour?s chief spin-doctor in opposition to many industry experts and civil libertarians, who say the police will be allowed access to decoding cryptographic keys too easily.
Prime Minister Tony Blair announced two initiatives with IT implications at the conference on Tuesday. Blair revealed plans to turn the Post Office into a bank, with the government holding accounts for benefit recipients, and plans for an on-line booking system for the NHS to help end confusion over hospital appointments.
Source: VNU Newswire
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