The UK Department of Justice is studying blockchain as a possible tool to protect digital forms of evidence, said his deputy director on Thursday.
The idea is that technology can be used to simplify court proceedings for digital evidence management, according to Balaji Anbil, who is also the head of digital architecture and information security at the Ministry of Justice.
The agency involved in the test is the court service and courts of His Majesty (HMCTS), and according to Anbil, a Tech-focused working group recently held its first meeting on the issue.
In Thursday's blog post, Anbil explained that "as an architectural style, distributed registries enable new innovative data solutions that support both high levels of integrity and [decentralization]."
"At HMCTS, we are passionate about applying new solutions to traditional challenges including sharing of evidence, identity management and ensuring that citizens have maximum control over their information Simplicity and the use of the best modern technological approaches brings numerous advantages, including convenient and timely delivery and future-proof solutions. "
Anbil explained that the technology has already been used by some member countries of the European Union, highlighting in particular Estonia as a country that "has developed innovative solutions for managing the identity of citizens using blockchain".
The post also noted that HMCTS will test the technology for "sharing of evidence between agencies" by the end of the year.
Last November, Alistair Davidson, a technician and architecture led by the Ministry, outlined the case of use in a separate blog that, at the time, did not indicate that the British government would govern
" This ownership of trust distribution could be genuinely transformational in situations where government public trust may not be taken for granted, "Davidson wrote at the time.
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