The British data watchdog, the Data Protection Authority (UK), has taken computers in an investigation into how photos of Matt Hancock, former British minister for Health, kissing his adviser within his ministerial office were published. It said this on Thursday.
After security camera images showing Hancock kissing broke COVID regulations, Hancock resigned in June.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), Thursday said that personal computers and electronic devices were seized in an investigation into how CCTV images got into the public domain.
The watchdog was notified by the firm that manages security cameras at the health ministry. It stated that the images had been taken without the consent of the individuals or the department.
Steve Eckersley, Director of Investigations at the ICO 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.”