A petition launched on the official Website for the Prime Minister's Office claims that companies still using Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 continue to do so because government departments use it and they won't be able to see their sites or services without it.
So far signed by more than 5,000 people, the petition goes on to say that creative and software companies with government clients are forced to build websites for IE6 when most of the industry has moved on.
While conceding that upgrading would be "a massive task for the government," author Dan Frydman points out that IE6 has some serious security flaws that leave users vulnerable. Frydman calls for the Prime Minister to encourage government departments to upgrade away from IE6 and let the population know that an upgrade will keep them safer online.
Frydman, who also serves as managing director of Inigo Media, an Edinburgh-based web design firm, believes that if the UK take this step, the rest of Europe will follow, which will "create some pressure on the US to do so too."