Officials from the UK’s data watchdog have raided two homes and seized computers as part of the investigation into a leak of CCTV footage of former health secretary Matt Hancock in a clinch with departmental aide Gina Coladangelo.
It follows a complaint by the EMCOR Group, which provides CCTV services for the Department of Health and Social Care. The company has alleged that images were taken from the department’s CCTV system without consent, some of which were subsequently published by The Sun newspaper on 25 June.
Mr Hancock was forced to resign as health secretary after he admitted breaching the Covid rules he himself had helped design.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said its teams searched two addresses in the south of England on Thursday and took personal computer equipment and other electronic devices.
Steve Eckersley, the ICO’s director of investigations, said:
“It’s vital that all people, which includes the employees of government departments and members of the public who interact with them, have trust and confidence in the protection of their personal data. In these circumstances, the ICO aims to react swiftly and effectively to investigate where there is a risk that other people may have unlawfully obtained personal data.
The ICO investigation into the leak of CCTV footage comes as the Department of Health and Social Care is itself being formally investigated by the watchdog over the use of private email addresses by ministers during the Covid crisis.