Federal police mistakenly publish metadata from criminal investigations

Paul Farrell reports:

The Australian federal police mistakenly published highly sensitive information – including metadata – connected to criminal investigations, in a serious breach of operational security.

Guardian Australia can reveal that the AFP provided documents to the Senate, which were then made publicly available online on parliamentary sites and other sources for several years, and which accidentally disclosed information about the subjects and focus of criminal investigations and telecommunications interception activities.

The revelations are an embarrassment for the law enforcement agency and the federal government, which are pushing for a mandatory data retention scheme to force telecommunications companies to retain personal data from phone and web users.

Read more on The Guardian.

This is not the first embarrassing redaction snafu for the Australian government, as The Register points out.

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