U.K. Ministry of Justice Using Blockchain to Authenticate Digital Evidence

“THE BLOCKCHAIN WOULD BE READABLE BY ANYONE, ANYWHERE - BUT ONLY WRITABLE BY THE POLICE"

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The United Kingdom Ministry of Justice announced that blockchain technology could assist the government protect and authenticate digital evidence.

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“This property of distributing trust could be genuinely transformational in situations where public trust of government might not be taken for granted,” said Alistair Davidson, a technical architecture lead at the Ministry.

One use case made by the Ministry of Justice for blockchain outlined deploying the technology to generate records for officer-worn camera footage.

“The blockchain would be readable by anyone, anywhere – but only writable by the police,” Davidson stated.

He made it clear that the ledger would not accumulate video but the blockchain would store a hash of the video’s information and metadata, as well as a catalogue of sites within the government’s filing vicinity.

While still hypothetical, this is a significant illustration of how blockchain technology could be adopted in the public sector.

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