Commonwealth ombudsman says it found additional records of metadata obtained to identify journalist’s source

The Australian federal police did not destroy all copies of phone records it obtained unlawfully, without a warrant, for the purpose of identifying a journalist’s source, according to a new audit by the commonwealth ombudsman.

In April 2017, the AFP commissioner, Andrew Colvin, confirmed such a breach had occurred within the professional standards unit and apologised, saying the accessed metadata had been destroyed.

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