Ok. So another Data Loss story breaks today. So I just thought I'd do a round up of the numbers here: September 2005 HMRC lose a disc sent by UBS bank containing details of customers of UBS' equity plan. Unknown numbers. November 2006 Nationwide laptop conataining details of 11 million customers is stolen from home of employee.. April HMRC stamped sensitive documents found in the street. July 4 Torbay Council's enquiry into a loss of 6,500 details of members of staff on 2 discs concludes that the Discs never existed. Enquiry costs £18,000. July 19 Newcastle City Council accidently publishes details of 54,000 people on the internet. October HMRC Laptop containg hundreds of names stolen from car boot. October HMRC loses details on 25 million people. October 30 HMRC admits that at least 6 more discs are missing. November Fed Ex sends Scottish Pension documents for 200 people to Stobhill Hospital instead of their intended destination. Documents eventually found. November 07 Watchdog exposes HMRC sending personal and sensitive information to the wrong people. November 07 HMRC lose a disc containing details of 15,000 Standard Life Customers. December Government owns up to knowing that 3 million learner drivers had their details lost in Iowa by the DSA in May. December 01 DWP admits that an ex contracted worker kept 2 discs containing up to 18,000 names and benefit details - adults and children. December 04 Government admits that more firms are coming forward and admitting data loss: No details on who. December 11 Leeds Building Society mislays information on 1,000 of its staff. December 11 DVLA in Northern Ireland loses details on 6,000 people on discs sent to Swansea. December 12 DWP Loses hundreds of confidential forms in transit containing details of members of the public. December 18 HMRC in Cardiff loses 6,500 details of customers of a pension firm. December 21 Skipton building society loses details of 14,000 customers on a stolen laptop. December 23 9 NHS Trusts admit to losing data on thousands of adults and children. Total numbers of confirmed losses: 39,114,700 Ok, now some people may well have had their details lost two or three times, but it's still shocking. Close to three quarters of the population of the entire country have had some or all of their details lost, mainly by government agencies in the last two years. That's not counting the numbers that are still coming through or not given or the scandals we have yet to hear about, as reported, several companies have reported data loss to the Government in secret. I know when the HMRC 25 million figure came out, several people were saying that it couldn't be the Governments fault. It was a mistake by a lone junior official. I think this completely blows that out of the water. There is endemic, systemic, and complete failure in the data protection in several Government Agencies. A few building societies figure, but each have only one incidence here. It's government agencies again and again. Draw your own conclusions.