Too many businesses, however, are still stuck in the past, stranded with out-of-date kit impairing their ability to compete effectively in the modern, digital economy. It's understandable why it's hard to let go - legacy infrastructure can be reliable, staff are familiar with systems and the costs are often locked in and budgeted for, or already paid off.
It begins with the skip tracer collecting as much information as possible about the 'subject' who has to be traced down to his/her current inhabitation. The information that has been made available with the government agencies and family members is analyzed, reduced and then verified for its credibility.
The media in general and online editors in particular are not necessarily the bad guys here, far from it, they mostly just stick to their journalistic ethos... A possible solution could be that, after a set number of years, the article would either de-index itself or anonymise the individuals it cites. Some kind of "digital rehabilitation act" if you will, or a self-triggered right to be forgotten.
I've heard horror stories of hotels who are blackmailed by guests into getting a discount or otherwise they will receive a bad review, and those who get bad reviews find that it does impact their business. No great shakes if you're the Hilton maybe, but for a small business owner it can be devastating.
It is well-documented that the UK needs more engineers and technologists. WISE says the country produces 36,000 fewer engineers than it needs every year. A CBI survey earlier this year found that 39% of businesses with STEM vacancies were finding it difficult to fill those roles. Something in the supply and demand of STEM skills is out of whack.