Investigators have seized electronic devices from two homes in relation to the leak of CCTV footage of Matt Hancock in a clinch with his aide.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said officials raided two addresses in the south of England on Thursday and seized computers and electronic equipment.
Mr Hancock was forced to resign as Health Secretary last month after images emerged of him kissing his aide Gina Coladangelo.
The images, obtained by the Sun, appeared to be taken from CCTV footage from Mr Hancock’s Whitehall office.
The information watchdog confirmed today it was investigating after EMCOR Group – the firm running CCTV at Department of Health and Social Care – submitted a report of an alleged data breach.
The ICO said in a statement said: “As part of the investigation, ICO teams searched two residential properties in the south of England on Thursday July 15 2021.
“Personal computer equipment and electronic devices were seized as part of the operation and the ICO’s enquiries into alleged breaches of section 170 of the Data Protection Act 2018 continue.”
The leaked footage sparked concern across Whitehall about the potential security implications.
Steve Eckersley, ICO director of investigations, 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.”