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 October 1, 2018  Posted by  Non-U.S.

Mark Frauenfelder writes:

New Zealand’s Customs and Excise Act 2018 went into effect today. That means travelers who refuse to give their phone or laptop password to customs officials will be fined NZ$5000. In addition, their devices will be confiscated and forensically searched.

Customs Minister Kris Faafoi said these digital strip searches are necessary because “A lot of the organised crime groups are becoming a lot more sophisticated in the ways they’re trying to get things across the border. And if we do think they’re up to that kind of business, then getting intelligence from smartphones and computers can be useful for a prosecution.”

Read more on BoingBoing.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

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