Health Department investigating how CCTV footage exposing Hancock leaked

The government will begin an internal investigation into how Matt Hancock’s CCTV footage was leaked, the Cabinet Minister said.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said the former Cabinet Minister did not have a camera in his office, so the Department of Health (DHSC) said he would look into how the footage was released.

A CCTV leak left Hancock on Saturday after being exposed to a hug with his aide Gina Cora Dangero last month and violating his own coronavirus rules.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Hancock was unaware that there was a camera in his office.

Asked about the leak in Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday program, Lewis said: Not surprisingly, what happens in the government sector can be sensitive and important. So yes, I know that’s what the Ministry of Health is doing as an internal investigation. “

It comes, even though Downing Street refused to comment on whether the probe will be available on Friday.

Lewis also told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that the research team would be investigating the issue “government-wide.” The writing will be reported somewhere. “

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Conservative MP Jeremy Hunt for dateless file photos. (Stefan Rousseau / PA)

Former Health Minister Jeremy Hunt told the program that the minister was “totally unacceptable” for being filmed in the office.

The Chairman of the Commons Health Special Committee said: “It’s totally unacceptable from a security standpoint to be filmed in your office without the minister’s knowledge, so there is a problem that our intelligence agencies want to look at very carefully.”

He added that the minister’s ability to have private conversations that “can make the right decisions” without being spy is “another problem.”

Former cabinet ministers Alan Johnson and Rory Stuart both said they had no cameras in their offices during their tenure in government.

Johnson told “Sunday Trevor Philips”: “I didn’t understand why the Secretary of State had a camera. When I was the Minister of Health, or in five other cabinet positions, I didn’t have a camera in my office.”

Stewart, Minister of International Development from May to July 2019, said in a Twitter post: — My office at DfiD didn’t have a camera. “

He added: “If it was a departmental camera-probably focused on the door for security reasons-then it would be seen by the guards. If someone else installed it, it would go to the security path, door, ministerial residence There are some challenges, such as access to. “

The think-tank Henry Jackson Association reported to the Metropolitan Police Department that it had disclosed the footage as a violation of the official secret law, but said police saw the leak as a “related government sector issue” rather than the police.

Under the Data Protection Act 2018, CCTV operators must be able to register details with the Information Commissioner’s Office, a data and privacy regulatory authority, and justify their use.

Companies need to inform people that they can usually be recorded via signboards, control who sees the records, and ensure that the system is used only for its intended purpose.

Unknowingly monitoring staff is only permitted in exceptional circumstances, such as when suspected of violating the law, and can only be done as part of a particular investigation.

Laura Parnaby

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