AFP requests for information and telecommunication companies

In response to ABC 7:30’s story broadcast on Monday, 26 June 2017 on the combating of child sexual abuse overseas, the AFP seeks to clarify a reported misconception of its interactions with telecommunications companies.

The AFP has positive working relationships with each of the carriers’ law enforcement liaison units, who are willing to facilitate our requests in a timely fashion.

In the first five months of 2017, the AFP submitted 1,109 requests for information to telcos. The majority of these requests were fulfilled, and of the 440 internet check requests relating to alleged child exploitation offences, 82 per cent were fulfilled.

Reasons why some requests are not fulfilled can include the fact that AFP investigators regularly put requests to all major telecommunication companies, knowing that often only one of the telcos will be able to complete the request. Based on this scenario, if the AFP requests information from three telcos, two of the three requests may remain ‘unfulfilled’.

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