Do we really need daylight saving time? Here's the EU's online poll

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The EU is asking its citizens if it should continue to enforce its daylight saving time (DST) rules, which require people to adjust their clocks twice a year.

The public consultation on the biannual changes -- which see the clocks go forward an hour on the last Sunday in March and back on the last Sunday in October -- is available as an online questionnaire until Thursday, so register your opinion soon.

The thinking behind DST is that it gives people an extra hour of sunlight throughout the summer and a little more morning sun in the winter.

"This consultation is part of an assessment of the EU summertime directive, which the Commission has recently launched to evaluate whether or not the rules should be changed," it wrote.

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The hour changes on different dates in the US, where it starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Way back in 2011, this difference caused an iOS 7 glitch that confused Apple devices about the annual end of DST.

Originally published July 6 at 2:28 a.m. PT.
Updated on Aug. 15 at 9:20 a.m. PT: Notes the consultation deadline is Thursday.

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