Matt Hancock CCTV probe: ICO finds 'insufficient evidence' to prosecute two suspected of unlawfully obtaining footage

Footage showed the former Health Secretary with his then-aide Gina Coladangelo

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said there is not enough evidence to prosecute two people suspected of leaking footage of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock kissing his former aide in his office in the Department of Health (DHSC).

The images, with showed Mr Hancock in an embrace with Gina Coladangelo while social distancing rules were in place, eventually led to his resignation.

The ICO said it launched a criminal investigation after it received a report of a personal data breach from DHSC’s CCTV operator, EMCOR Group plc. 

The ICO said in a statement: “Given the seriousness of the report and the wider implications it potentially had for the security of information across government, the ICO had a legal duty to carry out an impartial assessment of the evidence available to determine if there had been a breach of the law. 

“Forensic analysis revealed that the leaked images were most likely obtained by someone recording the CCTV footage screens with a mobile phone.”

The ICO said that six mobile phones seized during searches did not contain any relevant CCTV footage.

“After taking legal advice, the ICO concluded that there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone with criminal offences under the Data Protection Act 2018. The ICO has therefore closed its criminal investigation,” it said.