Not for the first time has the state proved itself to be drunk at the information wheel. As summarised by The Register:
"In January the MoD admitted losing a laptop with details of 600,000 applicants for the armed services. The data was unencrypted and the laptop, which was not password protected, was left in an empty car overnight.
In March it admitted losing 11,000 ID cards over the last two years.
In July it coughed to losing 87 storage devices containing classified material since 2003.
In September it was the turn of the RAF. It lost three hard disk drives containing information on all current and recently-ex members of the RAF - about 50,000 people.