UK Eyes DLT Use for Securing Digital Evidence

UK eyes DLT Use for securing digital evidence, according to the blog post from Balaji Anbil, who serves as the Head of the Digital Architecture and Cyber Security team at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.

24 August, AtoZ MarketsThe UK government is reportedly looking into ways to utilize Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) with the purpose of securing the digital evidence and identity information. The blog post that has been published by Balaji Anbil, the Head of the Digital Architecture and Cyber Security team at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, confirms that. 

UK Eyes DLT Use for Securing Digital Evidence

It is understood that Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and the Open Innovation team at the Cabinet Office have held a meeting that is dedicated to the use of DLT in safeguarding digital evidence. The author of the blog states that the Service is looking into the possibilities of applying the new technology to conventional procedures such as evidence sharing and identity management. The Blockchain can also be used in providing more control over the individual’s identity data. 

During the meeting, Dr. Sadek Ferdous, Technology Policy Fellow, and Research Associate at Imperial College, has presented an outlook of his latest research work. The research has been carried out in relation to both private and public DLT systems. Dr. Ferdous has laid out the challenges of ensuring the origin of digital evidence. He has stated that the audit trail is a key component in digital evidence systems. 

The Sadek Ferdous has been quoted as saying:

 “[It provides] chronological record of system activities which capture how digital evidence has been created/accessed/modified by which entity, from what location, in such a way to enable the reconstruction and examination of the sequence of events, and actions leading to the current state of the digital evidence.”

Will UK become a Blockchain Hub by 2022?

Mr. Anbil has stated that DLT has a “critical capability” in safeguarding digital evidence and guaranteeing the integrity of evidence chains. 

The UK has been quite active in adopting Blockchain technology. The key purpose behind the escalated effort is to become a global leader in the industry and cryptocurrency economy. Earlier last month, Big Innovation Centre, DAG Global, and Deep Knowledge Analytics, carried out a research that has shown that the UK has enough resources to become a leader in the cryptocurrency economic system

The companies that worked on the report are planning to connect business, public, and academic agencies to provide insights on new innovative technologies. As per the group’s analysis, the UK has sufficient governmental, industrial, and technological resources to become a leader in the crypto economy. The country also has the potential to become a global hub for the development of Blockchain technology by 2022.

UK FCA Regulatory Sandbox

The UK housing minister Eddie Hughes has also encouraged officials to “show leadership” by making the Blockchain and its benefits a priority. Hughes has been quoted as saying:

“The state should focus its attention on using blockchain to enable social freedom, to increase efficiency, and to rebuild societal trust. The state should not be allowed to use such technology to intrude into the lives of individuals—but rather the technology should be used to empower individuals in their necessary engagements with the state.”

The UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has established a regulatory sandbox back in 2014 that is created to facilitate tests of various products and services in the real market environment. This July, the FCA has stated that there are 29 companies to apply to the fourth cohort of the sandbox, with almost half of them using DLT.

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