This is not a laughing matter anymore. The first large hit to the UK government was the reporting of 25 million child benefit records stored on disks going missing [1, 2, 14, 15] . Then we had more going missing [13, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12]. To top the icing on this wonderful cake called 'e-government and e-commerce tossed fruit salad', just today we read that:
Thousands of driver details lost 
Thousands of staff details leaked 
Building society loses staff data 
I would be surprised if this quarter (i.e. based on the US fiscal year ) was not named 'the quarter of privacy lost'. Let's hope that something will come out of reports like  and all the publicity. If in the end they will protect the consumer or will it just be another opportunity for a money making scheme?
How hard can it be to enforce an encryption paradigm where a public key cryptography  is used by the high ranking members of a department?
Note to self: Putting a price on 25 million records is really tough. Giving a £20,000 reward for the discs, containing the records, that are 'worth £1.5bn' to criminals, there must be something wrong there, i think.
 UK's families put on fraud alert, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7103566.stm
 Private data 'also given to firm', BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7108532.stm
 Fiscal year, en.wikipedia.org - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_year
 Thousands of driver details lost, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7138408.stm
 Thousands of staff details leaked, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7138426.stm
 Building society loses staff data, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_yorkshire/7138106.stm
 Better data protection 'required', BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7131980.stm
 Drivers sent wrong DVLA details, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7131506.stm
 More firms 'admit disc failings', BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7127951.stm
 £20,000 reward offered for discs, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7128851.stm
 Discs 'worth £1.5bn' to criminals, BBC News -http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7117291.stm
 Personal files go to wrong office, BBC News- http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7116944.stm
 Six more data discs 'are missing', BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7111056.stm
 E-mails reveal data check warning, BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7106987.stm
 Data lost by Revenue and Customs (15,000 Standard Life customers), BBC News - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7103911.stm
 Public Key Cryptography, en.wikipedia.org - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_key_cryptography