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Illegal metadata searches, invalid warrants and unauthorised data access: government agencies broke the law hundreds of times when accessing data between 2016/17, according to a Commonwealth Ombudsman report. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) was the worst offender -- its officers accessed data without proper authority 116 times between 2016-17. 

The report is supposed to give an overview of how well agencies obey the law. But given it was tabled just this week -- two years after the period it reported on -- the findings seem a little futile.