The government's proposed communications interception bill could be delayed after the Conservative Party asked for a key part of the proposal to be changed.
Shadow Home Secretary, Anne Widdecombe, said during The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill's second reading in the House of Commons today, that the Tories would oppose the third reading of the bill if the 'burden of proof' part of it was not changed.
The section of the bill at the centre of the rift relates to encryption keys that are 'lost' during investigations. The Labour Party proposes that the defendent should prove that they have lost the key, while the Tories prefer to leave this to the prosecution.
Police want easy access to encryption keys so they can unlock suspected illegal material.
The Tories have proposed that past convictions should be admitted in court to determine if a defendant is wilfully witholding a key. Normally, previous convictions are inadmissible.
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