Hundreds of New Zealanders are being forced to surrender their phone and laptop passcodes to customs officials each year in "digital strip searches". New figures obtained by 1 NEWS have revealed Customs officials at New Zealand airports force up to two travellers every day to hand over their electronic devices and the passwords that access them. New Zealand customs say they are looking for smugglers but admit they do sometimes take copies of travellers data and pass it on to Government agencies, including the police. Intelligence Investigations Customs general manager Jamie Bamford said depending on how much data is on a phone or laptop the search can be "quick and cursory" or a "little more extensive". Since , just over people have been subjected to digital strip searches at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airports.
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The strip-searches of two high-profile prisoners at an Auckland prison was unlawful, the High Court has ruled. More than Paremoremo inmates were strip-searched during the incident. Career criminal Arthur Taylor and convicted murderer and child sex offender Phillip John Smith were among prisoners strip-searched at Paremoremo in October Footage has been released to RNZ of the attack on Corrections officers at Auckland prison which led to a mass strip search in
A new "digital strip search" law giving Customs officers broader powers to scour travellers' phones at the airport could lead to some awkward situations for people who have lawful but embarrassing photos on their phone. And there doesn't seem to be a provision for requesting someone of the same gender to scroll through your content, as would be the case for a physical strip search, a law expert told TVNZ1's Breakfast today. While some have expressed concerns over privacy, Ms Hogan said there are already some safety measures written into the laws. Not just anyone can be searched," she said.
The request was successful. I am interested in the Department's policies and practices around strip searches in NZ prisons. My questions are as follows:. What criteria exists allowing strip searches to be conducted on prisoners, other than when they enter and leave the prison?