Which makes the proposed Big Brother Database containing details of every email and telephone conversation rather worrying to say the least, on so many levels. Orwellian worries are fast being overtaken by practical concerns over the ability of government bodies to protect privacy and prevent data loss.
The first Data Loss Barometer has been published by risk advisory and audit specialists KPMG, and confirms that this is not just a UK problem. So when you throw in facts such as the 12,000 laptops that are lost at US airports every single week, for example, a broader, global picture starts to emerge.
This world landscape view reveals that, during the course of the last three years alone, some 280 million people have seen personal details lost, 70 million of them as a result of PC theft. However, 53 million fell victim to government organisation cock-up.
This should come as no great surprise as British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has even gone as far as to admit that true data security is nothing but a myth.
KPMG says that "The survey shows that within public organisations and business, data loss is increasing in both number and significance each year – compromising the personal details and security of millions of people."