Not a week goes by without a news item about yet another breach of personal data. The latest one is a compromise of data on the Guardian newspaper’s jobs website. I think we all agree that there’s a pressing need for a step change in the standards we apply to the protection of personal information. That’s certainly what was agreed by a group of experienced practitioners at a recent ISSA UK debate. The findings from that debate were written up and published in a white paper, supported by former Home Secretary, The Right Honourable David Blunkett MP. It’s essential reading for anyone working on systems handling sensitive citizen information.