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Brit borough council apologizes for telling website users to disable HTTPS

November 29, 2023

Reading Borough Council has securely restored its planning portal after facing criticism for recommending questionable tech security practices to users.

Before the fixed version went live this morning, the English local authority’s online planning application portal had been offline due to “technical issues,” an outage that had persisted for nearly a month.

Responding to a discussion related to the issue via a now-deleted post on X, the council’s official account recommended users disable HTTPS in their browser as a way around the technical issues disrupting access to the planning portal.

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