Now EFA has weighed into the discussion.
EFA noted AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin's assertion that "the police officers investigating the leak did not realise they were required to obtain a warrant to access the journalist's metadata" but described the officers' lack of awareness of that requirement as "inexcusable."
“Without a universal warrant requirement we will continue to see instances of unauthorised access to data, regardless of whether such access is inadvertent or malicious.
“A majority of European Union member states have some form of independent, judicial authorisation required for access to telecommunications data. Such arrangements are therefore clearly workable and Australians are no less deserving of the same protection.”
The EFA is seeking the immediate introduction of a universal warrant requirement for all access to retained telecommunications data.