Computing's opposition to government's planned regulation of the use of encryption was strongly supported at this week's first electronic commerce hearing in the House of Commons.
The CBI and ecommerce lobby group e centre UK both told MPs that the proposed technique, key escrow, would damage the development of ecommerce.
Peter Agar, deputy director general of the CBI, told the Trade and Industry committee enquiry: "The specific measure proposed is likely to inhibit the use of encryption technology."
E centre UK added a written submission that, "key escrow schemes would not provide a workable or cost effective means of achieving law enforcement."
Key escrow requires users of cryptography to copy keys into a third party database for access by law enforcement.
The government is expected to publish a consultation document outlining its plans for legislation in the next few weeks. A bill will follow around Easter.
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