Two individuals suspected of illegally leaking CCTV footage of Matt Hancock and his aide kissing won’t be prosecuted as a consequence of inadequate proof, the knowledge watchdog stated.
The footage leaked to The Solar final 12 months, displaying Mr Hancock kissing Gina Coladangelo in his departmental workplace, led to him resigning as health secretary for breaking social distancing guidelines.
It additionally prompted a legal investigation by the Data Commissioner’s Workplace (ICO), with two homes raided and computer systems seized final July.
The ICO stated: “Forensic evaluation revealed that the leaked pictures have been most probably obtained by somebody recording the CCTV footage screens with a cell phone.
“Six telephones retrieved through the execution of search warrants didn’t comprise the related CCTV footage.”
The ICO stated it had discovered “inadequate proof to prosecute two individuals suspected of unlawfully acquiring and disclosing CCTV footage from the Division for Well being and Social Care”.
It has now closed its legal investigation, which it launched after receiving a report of a private knowledge breach from the well being division’s CCTV operator, EMCOR.
The ICO stated it had had a authorized responsibility to launch the investigation “given the seriousness of the report and the broader implications it doubtlessly had for the safety of knowledge throughout authorities”.
It checked out whether or not there had been a breach of the 2018 Knowledge Safety Act.
Mr Hancock left his spouse of 15 years – with whom he has three kids – for Ms Coladangelo after the revelations.
The well being division stated: “We observe the result of the ICO’s investigation and can proceed to work with them to be taught any classes from this incident.
“We take the safety of our personnel, techniques and estates extraordinarily significantly.
“Since this incident, we have now labored with safety specialists from throughout authorities to overview procedures and can maintain them regularly beneath overview.”