Matt Hancock affair: Two properties searched after CCTV images of ex-Health Sec leaked

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The watchdog is investigating an alleged data breach after images of the former Health Secretary kissing aide Gina Colangelo were shared with a national newspaper. As part of their investigation, ICO teams said they searched two residential properties in the south of England this morning.

The ICO said the EMCOR Group, which provides CCTV services at the Department of Health and Social Care, submitted a breach report alleging the images were taken from the system without consent.

Investigators seized “personal computer equipment and electronic devices” as part of the investigation into breaches of the Data Protection Act.

Steve Eckersley, director of investigations at the ICO said: “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.”

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