A data breach occurred when a newsletter was sent to a number of people in a circulation list held by the Commissioner’s Office. The names included around 250 people who were victims or survivors of historic abuse.
Following disclosure of the breach an investigation was started to identify the cause. The Executive Office accepted that the incident had created problems for many victims and an inquiry has confirmed that the cause of the breach was a “procedural error.”
Mr McAllister had indicated he would await the outcome of any investigation and reflect on calls for him to resign in light of those investigations.
It is likely that this situation will ease pressure on him to resign and while some still feel he should leave many other victims and survivors continue to appreciate his work and support.
Written by Fintan Canavan, Partner at BLM