Two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16 have gone missing.
The Child Benefit data on them include name, address, date of birth, National Insurance number and, where relevant, bank details of 25m people.
There is a video of the announcement in the House of Commons. Laughter when it was suggested that people should be careful about giving out their bank details when unexpectedly asked to do so on the phone or by email, and indignation when it was stated that the Data Protection Act had been breached.
Who needs Schäuble when you can get a government like this?