New Zealand customs can now demand you unlock your digital devices

New Zealand customs can now demand you unlock your digital devices

In a new law passed in New Zealand, customs officers have now been given the power to demand that travelers unlock their digital devices if suspected of criminal activity, or risk a NZ$5000 (AU$4580) fine. Previously, while they could confiscate the items they could not force the individual to unlock it. New Zealand Customs Minister, Kris Faafoi has been quoted as saying “Organised criminal activity is […]

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Increased security when travelling follow up

Following my article yesterday about the increase in security at the airport due to terrorism, I can see that others are thinking the same way as per the article shared with me here.

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Should Australia follow the US with Travel Pre-Approval

I caught my first flight following the upgrade of security after the latest terrorism arrests that took place last week. I was concerned, as when I was called over for explosive testing the official tested two other people I did not know at the same time. Even though I was the first called, he wiped the swab over me last and tested us all with the […]

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Risk management advice my parents gave me to stay safe while walking still holds me in good stead

While cities around the world are no doubt looking at installing a great many more substantial bollards to protect their citizens and tourists from the type of attacks we have seen in Berlin, Nice and most recently London, I recall the risk management advice that was ingrained into me as a child by my parents. That was, where ever possible, to walk on the side […]

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A reminder and advice on Terrorism exclusions

Earlier this week I attended the NIBA (“National Insurance Broker Association”) Convention in Melbourne and found many of the sessions very informative. One that I found was very well done was on Terrorism. My congratulations and thanks to the co-presenters of the session, Mike Pennell from the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (“ARPC”) and Stella Pruscino from Willis Tower Watson. (Named in the order they presented.) […]

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First thoughts following the latest attacks in Paris.

Many things come to mind when you hear of a terrible terrorism attack such as occurred in Paris on Friday, French time.  The first is that such attacks should not stop any of us from travelling and visiting beautiful places/cities such as Paris. For not to travel would mean the terrorists have had a win and that is something that cannot happen. It was really gratifying to most of us the […]

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A short Interview on Terrorism Insurance

One of the topics that generates the most questions to me has over the past 6 months with many radio and press interviews has been around the terrorism event in Sydney and how policies respond, and the trigger for coverage. Business Strategist, Michael Harrison, interviewed me recently on the topic which he himself was keen to understand. Here is the result: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4PwU8BhbZU

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Sydney Siege Finally Treated as “Act of Terror” for Insurance Purposes

It is pleasing to see that the Federal Treasurer finally made the necessary declaration enabling those with insurance to lodge claims for property and business interruption losses from their insurer with the Australian Reinsurance Terrorism Corporation once their self retention has been exhausted. I appreciate that there were many things to consider and that the Christmas/New Year period intervened but to take a month to the […]

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What must our customer’s think

I received a call from a distressed broker whose client’s business had been during the siege and subsequent police investigation in Sydney. The business had been shut down during a peak period leading up to Christmas. The Insurer would not accept the claim as they were not sure if the loss was due to terrorism or not. This Insured, like any other in the CBD […]

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