Se­cu­rity bungling in Aus­tralia


The Aus­tralian Crime Com­mis­sion – cur­rently em­broiled in the drugs in sport saga – is bat­tling soar­ing num­bers of staff risk­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions by mis­plac­ing clas­si­fied doc­u­ments, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, se­cure lap­tops and other equip­ment.

The blun­ders in­cluded se­cu­rity draw­ers be­ing left un­locked, keys left in se­cure con­tain­ers, con­trac­tors let into build­ings unchecked and “highly pro­tected” ACC doc­u­ments left in re­cy­cling bins.

In one breach at a Can­berra bar fit­tingly called De­ba­cle, a group of ACC of­fi­cers last year pulled out clas­si­fied doc­u­ments – marked “Pro­tected” and used to brief ACC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive John Lawler – to dis­cuss in the open among fel­low drinkers.

The se­cre­tive ACC recorded 98 se­cu­rity breaches by staff across the coun­try last year—up from 25 the pre­vi­ous year.

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