The UK data watchdog has seized laptop gear throughout raids at two properties because it investigates how footage of a authorities minister kissing an aide made it onto the entrance web page of a tabloid newspaper.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock stop final month for breaching pandemic distancing guidelines by having an affair with Gina Coladangelo whereas residing together with his spouse.
The affair was revealed when The Solar newspaper revealed pictures taken by a digicam in Hancock’s workplace.
The Data Commissioner’s Workplace is investigating the case as a possible violation of the Knowledge Safety Act.
It mentioned the corporate that provides the cameras to the Division of Well being, Emcor Group, alleges that the photographs had been taken from its system with out consent.
The Solar’s editor, Victoria Newton, mentioned the newspaper received the footage from “an indignant whistleblower”.
The Data Commissioner’s Workplace mentioned investigators seized “private laptop gear and digital units” in raids on two properties in southern England.
Hancock, who had led the UK’s response to the coronavirus for greater than a 12 months, was one among a string of officers within the nation to be accused of breaching restrictions they imposed on the remainder of the inhabitants.