Author Topic: NZ Airport Travelers Forced to Surrender Device Passwords, Data Copied by Govt  (Read 82 times)

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NZ Airport Travelers Forced to Surrender Device Passwords, Data Copied by Govt
5 July 2017, 11:56 am

New Zealand airport customs agents force thousands of travelers every year to hand over the passwords for their devices, in some cases inspecting files and even copying the data for the government.

Though this sounds like a severe privacy violation, the so-called digital strip search is performed without a court order as the customs agents claim to adhere to the country’s privacy act, which allows them to perform searches on people perceived as possible threats to national security.

Data obtained by New Zealand's 1 news channel reveals that agents can perform a quick or a much more extensive search, with one passenger explaining that he had to spend no less than 5 hours until all his data was analyzed. In some cases, the customs officers can create backups of travelers’ data and then pass it along to the g... (read more)

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