The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) apologized this week after vital testimony from victims of child sexual abuse was “instantly and permanently deleted” from their servers.
The agency said that the loss of data was due to a technical malfunction, which dumped an untold number of testimonies that were submitted to their official website.
The agency now claims that there was no security breach, and that while the testimonies were lost, the privacy of the victims is not at risk.
An Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was established by the British Home Secretary, Theresa May, on 7 July 2014. The inquiry was intended to investigate why pedophile rings seemed to be exempt from capture.
IICSA posted the following statement on their website:
“Due to a change in our website address to http://www.iicsa.org.uk on 14 September, any information submitted to the Inquiry between 14 September and 2 October through the online form on the Share your experience page of our website, was instantly and permanently deleted before it reached our engagement team. We are very sorry for any inconvenience or distress this will cause and would like to reassure you that no information was put at risk of disclosure or unauthorised access.
“Due to the security measures on our website, your information cannot be found or viewed by anyone else as it was immediately and permanently destroyed.We would like to apologize again to anyone who submitted details to the Inquiry during this time and to ask you to please resubmit your information through the online form.
“Alternatively you can call the Inquiry helpline on 0800 917 1000 to submit your information over the phone, or email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The commission is being ran by New Zealand judge Lowell Goddard, who is paid over a half million dollars for her work with the group.
The following 60 minutes investigation explores the history of pedophile rings in the UK: