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Travelers Who Refuse Digital Search Face a $5000 Customs Fine

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New Zealand travelers who refuse to hand over their phone or laptop passwords to Customs officials can now be slapped with a $5000 fine.

The Customs and Excise Act 2018 – which comes into effect today – sets guidelines around how Customs can carry out “digital strip-searches”.

The updated law makes clear that travelers must provide access – whether that be a password, pin-code or fingerprint – but officials would need to have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.

If people refused to comply, they could be fined up to $5000 and their device would be seized and forensically searched.

Curated from RNZ

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