UK Ministry of Justice to Trial Blockchain For Digital Evidence Security

UK Government Uses Pilot Blockchain Project To Secure Digital Evidence

The U. K. Ministry of Justice is currently investigating a possible use for the blockchain technology. According to reports from the local media, the deputy director Balaji Anbil, which is also head of digital architecture and cybersecurity at the entity, believes that the blockchain can be a good way to secure digital forms of evidence because you cannot tamper with it.

This could simplify the court process for handling digital evidence and will start to be tested soon. A group is currently working on the technology and the tests of the pilot project will begin shortly. According to Anbil, the distributed ledger technology can enable new data solutions that will keep the integrity of the data and make it more decentralized and, therefore, protected.

Making Information Easier To Deal With

Anbil has affirmed that the ministry is passionate about the applications of a novel solution to traditional problems and that some of the benefits of using the blockchain are a more decentralized identity management, evidence sharing and ensuring that the citizens will have an additional control over their information.

According to him, the technology is highly beneficial and it can be used to make the processes of the court more streamlined and effective. The technology could be used to share evidence between agencies without any risk of leaks because it will be encrypted and  decentralized.

The blockchain technology is already being used by European Union members like Estonia, which is very focused on using it. Because of this, Anbil believes in the importance of using it in the UK.

Last November, Alistair Davidson, which works in a technical area of the Ministry of Justice, has talked about the idea of using the blockchain this way but it was uncertain whether the UK would move forward with the pilot or not.

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