Forgive the guffaws of uncontrolled laughter from over here. I've just seen that the US Government - January Obama edition - is considering making IT security a matter for its specific attention and put someone in charge of Cybercrime.

So why the laughter from the UK? Yes, I can understand that hilarity might not be the agenda for everyone. The story, reported here, is straightforward enough and notes that the US is taking the issue seriously.

The problem is that someone might have the bright idea of doing something similar in the UK. Now, I don't know how familiar you are with our 'talent' for data protection over here. The rules are stringent. Enforcement is rigid, at least in theory. It's just that our authorities have this knack of kind of ever so slightly losing lots of important information.

Here's one clipping. Don't just look at that, though. Check the catalogue of related stories down the right hand side of the page.

Data loss czar for the UK? That may be a good idea, and if it works in the US I think we and the rest of the world should copy it. Don't be surprised, though, if we come and ask you how it's done.