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UK Government To Stick With IE6 Despite Security Concerns

The UK government has ruled out upgrading from the nearly outdated Internet Explorer 6 (IE6), web browser, the Guardian has reported.

In an official statement to an online petition of more than 6,000 internet users, the governemnt has said that it will not upgrade from IE6, claiming that it would be a huge task at "significant potential cost to the taxpayer".

The statement read: "It is therefore 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 petition, was launched by director of Inigo Media, Dan Frydman, who has written about his disappointment over the decision not to even recommend upgrading from IE6 in his blog(

He wrote: "There's not a chance that we can always get what we want. Sometimes we just need to get what we can. Recommending the move would have been great. Not recommending it is short-sighted and diminishes ambition just at the time when we need it."