​NZ customs can now demand phone or laptop passwords


The New Zealand Customs Service this week received new powers at the country’s borders, including the ability demand a password off a passenger to search their “electronic device”.

Customs officers have always been able to search a passenger’s laptop or phone, but the changes to the Customs and Excise Act 2018 now specifies that passengers must hand over their password.

The legislation [PDF] states that a customs officer now has the power to make a “full search of a stored value instrument”, including power to “require a user of the instrument to provide access information and other information or assistance that is reasonable and necessary to allow a person to access the instrument”.

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Source: ZDNet