Australia’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (AIGIS) has found that the nation’s Australian Security and Intelligence Agency (ASIO) spied on itself in contravention of local laws.

The Inspector-General’s Annual Report [PDF] lists breaches of Australia’s Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act (TIA). The most comical breach played out as follows:

“ASIO intercepted, without warrant, calls made from one of its own regional offices due to a technical error. The data was deleted and processes put in place to ensure it does not happen again.”

In one breach of local laws, in this case the ASIO Act that governs the agency’s operations, “an incorrectly configured device collected data that was not covered by a warrant over a period of several months.” The data was deleted.

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