New Zealand's Customs and Excise Act 2018 went into effect October 1st 2018. 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."
But Thomas Beagle of Council for Civil Liberties pointed out that organized criminals are smart enough not to keep incriminating files on their devices.
From Radio NZ:
[Customs spokesperson Terry Brown] said the law struck the "delicate balance" between a person's right to privacy and Customs' law enforcement responsibilities.
"I personally have an e-device and it maintains all my records - banking data, et cetera, et cetera - so we understand the importance and significance of it."
Council for Civil Liberties spokesperson Thomas Beagle said the law was an unjustified invasion of privacy.
"Nowadays we've got everything on our phones; we've got all our personal life, all our doctors' records, our emails, absolutely everything on it, and customs can take that and keep it."
The new requirement for reasonable suspicion did not rein in the law at all, Mr Beagle said.
"They don't have to tell you what the cause of that suspicion is, there's no way to challenge it."
OMG don't go to NZ they are starting it there. I hope the people of NZ are smart enough to fight back and not allow this.
No, we're sheep! In the government we trust.
True Ngaire. Most folk care more about rugby scores and liquor specials. I know a number of awakened Kiwis: Most are members here, a handful are on the periphery. The other four million or so are asleep.
They test the peoples' will with these fkd up laws and regulations just to see How Far they can Really go. I won't travel unless I really have to and even then my devices stay home and my devices are All tracked and watched all the time in any case, live, right now as I type this. Our bio signatures are all in the system and I'm tracked even when going for big bush walks where I never take a mobile with me. I get tormented online constantly, shadow banned at first and now right in my face banned and the latest my domain site no longer works for what reason I have no idea. If you think there's even a slight, slight chance you're Not being Watched, Think Again!
More draconian rollout of privacy destroying legislation under the guise of 'security'. Even in what should be a country free from these sort of US style fascist agendas