ICO statement following release of the Lockdown Files

01/03/2023 | ICO

Following the leak of more than 100,000 WhatsApp messages sent between Matt Hancock and other ministers by Isabel Oakeshott, published in The Telegraph as the Lockdown Files, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has released a statement explaining it does not see the matter as something requiring further investigation, at this stage. The ICO points out there are issues for the Cabinet Office to consider regarding the "conditions on which departing members of government retain and subsequently use official information." The ICO also points out that the case highlights the dangers of using personal devices and messaging applications like WhatsApp for official government business. 

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