Public Sector IT:

August, 2015

August 21, 2015  8:58 AM

UK companies data leaves public in dark

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"What century is that from?," is the natural reaction upon getting a set of accounts from Companies House, the UK's public register of company records.

If you get a chance to put this question to Companies House, you might be surprised to find the explanation as unsatisfying as the...

August 11, 2015  3:06 PM

iXBRL inventor: my algorithm turns UK company data into ‘useless PDFs’

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The UK business registrar has been rendering its revolutionary company data useless to anyone without computer skills thanks to software written by the very man who invented the principle way to make it meaningful.

It has taken Companies House more than a decade to implement its...

August 7, 2015  2:47 PM

Companies registrar reverts electronic documents to photocopies

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In a bizarre reversal of the government's digital-by-default policy, Companies House has been receiving company accounts as data but turning them into PDFs often containing poor-quality, low resolution images, before releasing them to the general public on its website.

The UK registrar,...

August 6, 2015  2:42 PM

Google privacy check gives greater cause for concern

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Google raised fresh cause for concern today when it offered an opt-out of its web tracking by changing the privacy settings in Gmail.

I took up its offer to opt out of various schemes it has to track people's web browsing and to...

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