Insights Information Commissioner’s Office confirms it is undertaking investigation into Department of Health and Social Care CCTV footage

The ICO says that EMCOR Group (UK) plc, which provides facilities management and CCTV services for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), has submitted a breach report as a processor of personal data, alleging images were taken from the DHSC CCTV system without consent from either EMCOR Group (UK) plc or the DHSC. These CCTV images were published by The Sun newspaper on 25 June 2021.

As part of the investigation, the ICO said that its teams searched two residential properties in the south of England on 15 July 2021. Personal computer equipment and electronic devices were seized as part of the operation and the ICO’s enquiries into alleged breaches of s 170 of the Data Protection Act 2018 continue.

Steve Eckersley, Director of Investigations at the ICO, 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.” To read the ICO’ statement on its website, click here.