The British conservative party have suggested that they will use Google or Microsoft to store and manage patient data for the National Health Service.
This may come as a surprise to most web users who still think of Google as still being just a search engine.
However, Google provides very secure systems for data management and collaboration. Also, a major advantage is that stolen laptops will not contain data on the hard drive.
Of course, stolen Google account names and passwords will now pose far greater risks, and provide much bigger prizes for cyber criminals. But so far the Government have had an appaling track record when it comes to protecting private information.
Working with Google or Microsoft should in theory provide a more secure solution that burning databases to DVD and leaving them on intercity trains and on the back seat of taxis.