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Latest updates: Information Commissioner’s Office also seized other electronic devices after picture of health secretary kissing aide emerged

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has seized computers and electronic devices in an investigation into the leak of CCTV images of Matt Hancock, which was published in the Sun newspaper and led to his resignation as health secretary, PA Media reports.

The ICO said in a statement:

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.

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.

The TUC has described Boris Johnson’s speech as “empty soundbites”. Frances O’Grady, its general secretary, said:

We can’t level up the country without levelling up at work. This pandemic has brutally exposed the terrible working conditions, low pay and insecurity many of our key workers face.

So far, there has been precious little to show for the government’s vaunted levelling up agenda, and today’s speech will do little to change that.

Promises of ‘jam tomorrow’ don’t hold much hope when it’s Boris Johnson who is making them. Workers and their communities need to be able to see and feel a credible levelling up agenda by way of jobs and prosperity.

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