Unencrypted Laptops to be confined to offices says Whitehall

All laptops are to stay within the confines of Whitehall offices following the recent loss of a laptop that contained details of more than 600,000 people who were willing to or who have joined the Navy.

In an email sent to all government departments, the cabinet secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell, wrote "From now on, no unencrypted laptops or drives containing personal data should be taken outside secured office premises, Please ensure that this is communicated throughout your organisation and delivery bodies and implemented immediately, and that steps are taken to monitor compliance."

But, as PCPro puts it rightly, this does not mean that encrypted laptops won't be moved around and be potentially lost or stolen - still more frightening is the prospect of someone encrypting data and then not remembering the password.

In a interview with BBC, the Conservative party however claims that the number of government laptops stolen or lost reached at a grand total of 347, with a few more desktop computers disappearing as well.

The government has been hit by a number of high profile data losses including details of 25 million child benefit claimants and more than three million DVLA learner drivers' details.