Military charity website goes back online

Kit 4 Troops, the donation website that was earlier this week forced to close due to “concerns” expressed by the Ministry of Defence, is up and running again.

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Kit 4 Troops, the donation website that was earlier this week forced to close due to “concerns” expressed by the Ministry of Defence, is up and running again.

The website was set up last week to enable people to donate items to troops in the British Armed forces, but was shut down after 48 hours due to security concerns.

Today, however, a message on the website insisted that it was “never shut down” by the MoD.

“In response to their [the MoD’s] concerns we wanted to improve our site by adding more features to the troops’ wish lists and increasing our security.

“In the next few days we’ll add the ability for you to follow specific profiles as well as other features,” the message said.

Kit 4 Troops launched on 5 August, and allows troops to set up online ‘wish lists’ for supplies. People can then register as ‘supporters’ and donate items from the list, as well as send personal messages of encouragement.

It is believed that the concerns expressed by the MoD revolved around the information that troops are required to give, such as unit, rank, location and home address, when they register for the site.

Although the website owners, Iraq War veteran Steve McGregor and Inaam Tahir, said in a blog post that Kit 4 Troops has addressed the concerns by changing the information required for registry, the registration page for troops still asks for their rank, unit and address details.

However, McGregor told Computerworld UK that troops no longer need to enter their deployment date, a feature that was originally intended to help send them items quickly before they left the country.

"Also, all comments and photos must now be approved by us before they're posted - as opposed to before where they immediately went live on the site. 

"Shortly we'll also be purchasing an SSL certificate for the site and adding other features," McGregor added. 

Meanwhile, in response to reports that the site was critical of the MoD’s provision of gear to troops, the site owners said in their message:

“We did not set up Kit 4 Troops to criticise the Ministry of Defence or the equipment they provide to soldiers. We wanted to create a forum that integrates our society with our troops – a forum in which the public could sponsor and support individual service members in a personal and direct way.”

Currently, 46 individual members of the British Armed Forces have registered on the site, setting up wish lists for items such as sunglasses, gloves and magazine grips.

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