Bit of an obvious one to report on but seeing as it is data protection related how could I resist?!
The loss has been reported widely as the top news story in many papers. You can check out the BBC, Guardian and Times coverage form these links.
In addition the Information Commissioner’s Office has released an official statement on the matter.
If you are interested in the data protection principles you can find them in the Data Protection Act 1998 on the OPSI website.
I think this situation highlights the importance of good practice and genuine compliance. As the information commissioner, Richard Thomas, is reported to have said:
“it just does not matter what laws, rules, procedures and regulations are in place, if there is no proper enforcement of those rules.”