AFP statement regarding Ombudsman's report into access of a journalist's metadata

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) acknowledges the findings in the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s inspection report regarding access to journalist’s telecommunications data without a journalist information warrant.

The inspection report made one recommendation to the AFP, to immediately review our approach to metadata awareness and training to ensure that all staff involved in the exercising of metadata powers have a thorough understanding of the legislative framework and their responsibilities. 

The AFP notes that the Commonwealth Ombudsman found that the AFP had already taken key steps to implement this recommendation and mitigate an incident like this reoccurring.

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