This is a gift!
This is a gift to those who believe in the noble and entirely innocent matter of keeping your private details literally private.
A gift and yes, also a sacrifice, and a very unpleasant one for those that have not chosen to be 'given' to this sacrifice but have become part of it. This isn't 'possible terrorists' or 'possible criminals' it's just a 'legal'/'legitimate' sample of the population.
There will yet and inevitably be some much more monstrous outrage committed against common privacy in the not so far future, and this business with the missing discs will be the case where people will look back and say "well it happened there, and nobody did anything. No one took it seriously, they were all trying to play it down.".
Well of course something should be done now, and of course it wont happen because they want to be seen to be right, right now. In fact it's just a new problem which the politicians should have the wisdom to take less than personally, which they don't.
... and digital civil liberties will default to zero.
But I'd like to remind all dear readers of this darling disrespectful Reg.ime that civil liberties have always defaulted to zero, just as soon as defined.
And all the civil liberties we have, we have because people have realised the rottenness of the default, and acted to get it changed.
The point is to recognise when a definition has taken place. Were you asked about that, or was it just a consequence, a side-effect?
Technological development may be somehow inevitable, but social - political development is a matter of action and choice.
If you can't choose to be ready to act on this now, prepare your information and understanding now from this case to use in the next, more serious privacy battle...