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 [4]

Thousands of staff details leaked [5]

Building society loses staff data [6]

I would be surprised if this quarter (i.e. based on the US fiscal year [3]) was not named 'the quarter of privacy lost'. Let's hope that something will come out of reports like [7] 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 [16] 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.

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[1] UK's families put on fraud alert, BBC News -
[2] Private data 'also given to firm', BBC News -
[3] Fiscal year, -
[4] Thousands of driver details lost, BBC News -
[5] Thousands of staff details leaked, BBC News -
[6] Building society loses staff data, BBC News -
[7] Better data protection 'required', BBC News -
[8] Drivers sent wrong DVLA details, BBC News -
[9] More firms 'admit disc failings', BBC News -
[10] £20,000 reward offered for discs, BBC News -
[11] Discs 'worth £1.5bn' to criminals, BBC News -
[12] Personal files go to wrong office, BBC News-
[13] Six more data discs 'are missing', BBC News -
[14] E-mails reveal data check warning, BBC News -
[15] Data lost by Revenue and Customs (15,000 Standard Life customers), BBC News -
[16] Public Key Cryptography, -