Government Workers are Stuck Redoing Things No One Can Find or Access

Rubbish old file formats, web sites that weren't backed up, and digital scans of files no one knows how to access are triggering what one research group calls a fall in "institutional memory" within the government, as new generations of staff redo work previously done and lost, deleted, or simply left inaccessible by technology's march and the man with the password retiring and taking the proprietary cable with him. Read More >>

The Court of Appeals Has Decided the UK’s Surveillance Regime Was Unlawful After All

The government has been doing its best to spy on everyone and everything, with the Snooper's Charter giving them much broader powers on who and what they can spy on. While there have been many legal challenges linked to the controversial bill, including rulings from the EU, a ruling from the UK Court of Appeals means large part of the Snooper's Charter are unlawful. Read More >>

Bath Plans Tourist Tax on Overnight Stayers

Bath's council has come up with a plan to help pay for the costly maintenance of all those viaducts and baths and Roman things it has to continually patch up with the right kind of legacy mortar -- tax the tourists. Read More >>

Britain’s Aviation Minister Explains Why We Need New Drone Laws

This week the government has announced plans to pass a new Drone Bill, which will hand police new powers to police when it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles. But what's the thinking behind the plans? Today, Gizmodo UK publishes this exclusive piece from Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg, in which she explains the motives behind the proposal. Read More >>

Under Cover Of BBC Pay, the Government Sneaks Out Pension Age Increase

The government used BBC salary day as a way to sneak out news that it's moving the pension age to 68. While this was always going to happen, it was originally scheduled to be changed in 2044. It will now take place between 2037 and 2039. People aged between 39 and 47 will be affected with younger workers kept waiting to find out when they might eventually get a pension. Read More >>

Australia Looking To Ban Encryption, Claims Maths Doesn’t Apply Down Under

The Australian government is currently seeking the ability to inspect messages sent by its citizens, even if those messages are encrypted. Like the UK, the Australian government feels that it would be able to prevent more terror attacks if it could have a backdoor into people's messaging apps. The Australian Attorney General, George Brandis, has also claimed that British spooks at GCHQ have the ability to crack end-to-end encryption. Read More >>

Google Called in for Quiet Word With Government Over Extremist Ads

The Cabinet Office is the latest governmental department to bring in an internet company for a formal chat, with this encounter seeing the search giant questioned over accusations that its vast advertising network is being used to fund hate groups around the world. Read More >>

Google And Microsoft Agree To Demote Pirated Content In The UK

Sorry, pirates: soon your wares will be harder to find on UK search engines. Google and Bing have agreed to a voluntary code of practice that'll see infringing content including films, music and sport pushed down the search results. Read More >>

GCHQ Cyber Accelerator Funds Seven Anti-Hacking Startups

Seven startups focusing on issues to do with things that start with the word "cyber" are now funded by our intelligence service and government, with the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator scheme open for business. Read More >>

Bad Bosses Give Worst Excuses Ever For Not Paying Minimum Wage

Most of us have, at some point in our lives, run into a boss who thinks the rules don't apply to them. But a new HMRC report shows that some really take pride in flouting the rules, giving some truly jaw-dropping reasons for not paying their employees the legally-mandated minimum wage. Read More >>

British Bill of Rights Will Replace Human Rights Act, Despite U-Turn Reports

Justice Secretary Liz Truss has tried to calm Britain’s population of non-Eton-educated scrubbers the hell down, by insisting that the government won’t break its manifesto pledge of replacing the Human Rights Act with a new British Bill of Rights. Read More >>

Amazon’s UK Delivery Drone Trial Will Focus on Three Key Problems

Amazon and the government have announced a new trial for delivery drones in the UK. The retail giant will bankroll the tests, which it says will be focused on solving three key problems. Read More >>

Health Authorities Call Bullshit on Whole Body Cryotherapy

A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer’s right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there’s no evidence to back the many purported benefits — and that it’s actually quite dangerous. Read More >>

Human Rights Committee Says IP Bill is Too Vaguely Worded

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has had its say on the proposed IP Bill that would have ISPs keep track of the Daily Mail pages we occasionally open in incognito mode, suggesting that the government's proposed rules are too wide and that the need for a judicial review before opening up someone's internet history could possibly be circumvented. Read More >>

Council Closes Libraries to Cut Costs, Spends So Much More Just Guarding Them

Libraries, those buildings that are so great for napping, perving on intellectual members of the opposite sex and reading Harry Potter in, are closing at an astonishing rate in the UK thanks to budget cuts and subsequent staffing issues. However, new figures show that, in a couple of cases at least, it’s been costing more to shut the doors than to keep them open. Read More >>