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  • Report details ‘metadata’ failures at AFP

    An investigation by the Commonwealth Ombudsman has concluded that an Australian Federal Police breach of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act during an attempt to identify the source of a journalist’s story stemmed in part from a lack of awareness of the rules governing access to telecommunications ‘metadata’.

  • Telstra receives fewer requests for ‘metadata’

    In FY17 Telstra received more warrants for telecommunications interception or access to stored communications compared to the prior year. However, the telco has revealed it received fewer requests for warrant-free access to customer information — often dubbed telecommunications ‘metadata’.

  • Customs may have misused telecommunications access powers

    The Commonwealth Ombudsman has been unable to confirm whether the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs – now integrated into the Australian Border Force) met its legal obligations when exercising powers given to it under telecommunications interception and access legislation.