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Do you know your phone and laptop’s photos and videos can be checked at Australian airports?

May 13, 2019 no comment kartik

Australian Border Force can ask you to surrender your phone or laptop to search.

Airport security is a rigorous process, most passengers expect to be pat down, luggage checked and sometimes drug tests are routine.

However, don’t be surprised if you are asked to show the content of your phone or laptop by Australian Border Force officers.

ABF officers have the authority to scrutinise your phone when you come as a passenger.

ABF officers can copy the contents or confiscate the device if they think it is necessary

A lot of people feel it as an intrusion in their privacy.

Like the US, Australia does not have any legislation to protect from this so-called ‘intrusion.

The Australian Border Force website says its officers are authorised to question travellers and examine goods if they suspect a person may be breaching immigration, customs, biosecurity, health and national security laws.

Objectionable goods, such as child exploitation material and pornography are prohibited from importation into Australia

source: SBS news

 


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