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Asia Pacific Dashboard Digest | NZ customs requirement raises privacy concerns of 'digital strip-searches' Related reading: Australia and Chinese Taipei join APEC's Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

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Quartz reports on a new requirement in New Zealand that took effect Oct.1 imposing a significant fine on travelers who refuse to disclose their device passwords to customs officials at the border. While officials have long been able to request passwords for electronic devices, the Customs and Excise Act 2018 imposes a NZ$5,000 fine for those who refuse. Concerns have been raised that the cost of personal privacy outweighs any good created by the requirement, causing some to call the legislation “digital strip-searches” and arguing the requirement has nothing to do with protecting the country.
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