HC Deb 20 April 1994 vol 241 cc582-3W
Mr. Llew Smith

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what research has been sponsored by the Government scientific research grants into development of encryption technology to protect data transmitted by electronic mail from illicit interception.

Mr. Waldegrave

Research council funding has supported recent projects at five universities on the development of encryption technology, which have included work to protect data transmitted by electronic mail. The projects studied: the design and analysis of encryption algorithms, real-time compression and encryption of information in multi-media network, formal analysis of cryptographic protocols and finite automation cryptography. Funding has also been provided for a current project in the LINK personal communications programme on security studies for third generation mobile telecommunications systems.