"Sensitive data potentially affecting more than four million people was lost by government departments in the year to April, BBC analysis has found.
Whitehall departments have included details of personal information losses in their annual financial statements.
Cases included the theft of a laptop with details of 17,000 Sats markers, and the loss of the National Insurance numbers of a further 17,000 people."
Following the loss of the details of 25 million child benefit claimants in the previous year, we were promised that lessons would be learnt and that security would be tightened. I suppose that a 84% drop in the volumes lost is an improvement, although that will be of little comfort to the four million whose details were lost this year.
Meanwhile the Labour Government presses ahead with the National Identity Register (and ID cards), the NHS "Spine" and the DNA database; all programmes with huge security of access queries.