New Zealand fines visitors for not unlocking their phones

The next time you travel to New Zealand could result in a $3243 fine if you highly value your privacy. The Associated Press reports that customs officials could potentially ask you to unlock your electronic devices to allow for closer examination; refusal to do so could result in a hefty fine.

Enforcing this law could be a great step toward innovation as criminals will need to find new ways to smuggle data across borders. If only there were some way to store files that you could access from anywhere in the world as long as you had an Internet connection. Perhaps a database that “floats” in an imaginary space and could be reached by any device within the underlying infrastructure. We could metaphorically call it a “cloud” of some sort.

Many people find this law to be an unjust invasion of privacy. The next time you travel to New Zealand, make sure you delete your search history; no one wants to know that you do cross-fit.

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