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 becoming more and more sophisticated, so being able to exercise the power to search electronic devices is a necessary reality in today’s world” (Source: Article)

In this digital world, I think New Zealand is just the first cab off the rank, we will be seeing similar legislation being implemented around the rest of the world in the not too distant future and as the threats are only growing, we and our laws are having to adapt.

 

For more information please see https://www.customs.govt.nz/personal/travel-to-and-from-nz/travelling-to-nz/on-your-arrival/ 

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