UK government to use IE6 in spite of security concerns

Government says it's more "cost-effective" to use IE6

An online petition urging the goverment to upgrade from IE6 has not been successful.

Just because YouTube has dropped support for Internet Explorer 6, doesn't mean the UK government will.

The UK government will continue to use Internet Explorer 6, despite vulnerability issues with the browser.

An online petition which urged the Prime Minister to upgrade away from the IE6 browser - to follow in the footsteps of the French and German governments - had over 6,000 signatures in support.

However, the government responded by saying that while they take internet security very seriously, "there is no evidence that upgrading away from the latest fully patched versions of Internet Explorer to other browsers will make users more secure."

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The government also said that it can take weeks to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8, which would occur at significant cost to the taxpayer. According to the government, it would be "more cost effective in many cases to continue to use IE6 and rely on other measures, such as firewalls and malware scanning software, to further protect public sector internet users."

The use of Microsoft Internet Explorer has fallen to just under 60% of the web browser market. Currently with Internet Explorer 8 in use, Microsoft has recently announced that Internet Explorer 9 will enter beta in the fall.

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Via: The Guardian