AFP failed to report requests for mobile phone location data

The Australian Federal Police failed to report it was accessing information about the location of mobile phones as part of investigations into serious crimes dating back 13 years.

The compliance breaches, which were self-reported by the AFP, relate to record-keeping, authorisations and reporting of requests made for mobile device location data by an arm of the AFP responsible for domestic policing in Canberra. They do not relate to whether mobile data was improperly accessed or requested.

The requests for mobile data were made as part of investigations into crimes such as murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, terrorism or firearms offences.Credit:Glenn Hunt

The issues resulted in some mobile data requests not being reported to the Home Affairs Minister and the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

The AFP notified the Commonwealth Ombudsman on January 24 and appointed PwC to conduct an independent audit, which is expected to be completed by the middle of this year. The Ombudsman will also investigate the lack of reporting of mobile location data, which related to ACT Policing investigations. ACT Policing is part of the AFP.


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