At New Zealand airports ether password or $ 3000
An unprecedented legal action has sparked controversy recently as travelers to New Zealand, who enter the country through airplanes, have to reveal something of great privacy.
According to the New York Times, customs officers conducting searches at New Zealand airports have the right to ask the traveler to provide the password for his or her electronic equipment if necessary.
If the traveler refuses to disclose his or her traffic address, he is subject to trial and faces heavy fines exceeding $ 3,000.
New Zealand Customs spokesman Terry Brown said the new legal measure struck a balance between individual privacy and national security.
“We do not know whether any other country in the world has passed similar legislation to punish people if they refuse to disclose traffic words,” he said.
New Zealand customs authorities, like many States such as the United States, can search and store phones and other electronic devices for more precise research if there are doubts about their use in criminal activities.
The law did not say earlier whether passengers were required to reveal their traffic words or to open devices using fingerprints and facial recognition.
Starting this week, this law applies to all passengers at New Zealand airports, whether nationals or foreigners.
Brown said that as soon as customs obtained the password, searches were conducted and officers could open any file by phone, but they would not access the log of the sites visited, nor would they enter into the files cache.