blog As regular readers of Delimiter will know, Australia’s police forces have not precisely covered themselves in glory when it comes to upgrading their ageing IT systems. Victoria Police’s IT systems are so bad they are contributing to fatalities, NSW Police is still struggling to upgrade its own 15 year case management platform, and there are even cases where police forces have been busted allegedly pirating software. Not precisely a good look. Now it’s time for an IT bungle at the Australian Federal Police. iTNews reports (we recommend you click here for the full article):
“The Australian Federal Police has cancelled its $145 million investigation systems replacement and sacked integrator Elbit Systems after deciding the project had become irretrievable due to time, cost and functionality shortcomings.”
I would say this is quite an extraordinary move, but of course it’s basically situation normal for major public sector IT projects. One wonders whether someone — anyone — will be held accountable for this mess. One would hope so, given the fact that the AFP has apparently been trying to do something about this platform since at least 2007. Maybe it will succeed with some modern upgraded by about 2020 — if it pushes on forward with the job. And let’s not forget, these are the people we are trusting with Australians’ metadata. Wonderful.