Matt Hancock affair: 2 homes raided, probe into leaked CCTV

Matt Hancock affair: 2 homes raided, probe into leaked CCTV

Matt Hancock affair: 2 homes raided, probe into leaked CCTV

The UK’s data watchdog has opened an investigation into a leak of CCTV footage of former health secretary Matt Hancock kissing his aide. As part of the investigation, two homes have been raided and computers have been seized.

The two homes that were raided were confirmed to be in the south of England and personal computer equipment and other electronic devices were seized. 

CCTV images and footage of Mr Hancock embracing his aide Gina Coladangelo were later published by The Sun newspaper on 25 June.

Matt Hancock resigned as health secretary after admitting to breaching the same Covid rules he helped design. 

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.

“We have an ongoing investigation and will not be commenting further until it is concluded.”

The ICO investigation into a 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.

The ICO has a range of powers for those found to have breached data regulations, including the option of criminal prosecution.

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