I see that the Sun is reporting this morning that there have been even more data losses at NHS Trusts across the country. I also notice that statements from the Government have said that lost data has been encrypted which I guess is meant to minimise people's concerns. Although, admitting you don't know what data is on them makes them look incompetent yet again.
However, what I don't understand is why no one has actually asked about what the encryption is. After all, it's all well and good to say something is encrypted but if it's just something known to be weak like MD5 then it becomes quite a meaningless reassurance.
Now there may be an argument that to say what encryption algorithm is being used is itself a security breach, but it would b useful if someone could at least give an indication that however they do it it is not merely some passphrase protection, or that it is a key-paired method using strong algorithms that will take too long to crack to make the data worthwhile.