Two homes in South England have been raided by the Information Commissioner’s Office in relation to the CCTV footage leak of Matt Hancock kissing his aide.
Electronic devices, including mobile phones and computers, have been seized as part of the investigation. These devices will now be examined to determine whether any laws were broken. Should they be found guilty, they will be convicted under section 170 of the Data Protection Act – meaning the courts can impose an uncapped fine.
The footage, which was captured by a CCTV camera within the offices of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), is being investigated at the request EMCOR Group, the company that provides the DHSC with its CCTV network, with hopes to identify those responsible.
A spokesman for EMCOR stated: “We can confirm that we submitted a breach report, as the Department of Health and Social Care’s data processor, alleging images were recorded from the Department of Health and Social Care CCTV system without consent.
“EMCOR UK takes the security of its data and that of its customers very seriously and we are fully co-operating with the ICO’s investigation.”
Steve Eckersley, Director of Investigations at the ICO, said in a statement: “It’s vital that all people, including employees and visitors to public buildings, have trust and confidence in the protection of their personal data captured by CCTV.
“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. We have an ongoing investigation into criminal matters and will not be commenting further until it is concluded.”