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Australian Federal Police admits requesting journalist's metadata

April 14, 2016 - Uncategorized

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The Australian Federal Police have admitted for the first time they requested to access a journalist’s metadata, according to a report in The Guardian.

The report states the police were attempting to track down the confidential sources of the publication’s journalist Paul Farrell.

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The request for Farrell’s metadata was revealed when the AFP admitted to the privacy commissioner it had requested “subscriber checks” — access to telecommunications account details — and email records, according the The Guardian

Farrell had put in a request for his police files, as every Australian has the right to do, and received his file in February. The 200-page documents he received showed the Australian Federal Police had launched an investigation into one of his stories. Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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