New Zealand Law Means Travelers Will be Forced to Unlock Their Phones or Else

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A new law allowing customs officials in New Zealand to demand people hand over their smartphone passwords or risk a fine has been criticised by a civil liberties campaigners.

The New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties (CCL) said the law, which came into force this week, is a “grave invasion” of personal privacy.

Under the Customs and Excise Act 2018, border officials can demand that people unlock their phone and other electronic devices so they can be searched.

Refusal to comply could lead to prosecution and a fine of up to 5,000 New Zealand dollars – roughly £2,500.

Yahoo UK

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