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Tourists bound for New Zealand now facing what some are calling a grave invasion of privacy.

FOX's Lilian Woo reports:

A new law says visitors to New Zealand must give passwords to customs officials so they can unlock electronic devices examine them or will pay a fine of more than $3,000. 

The updated customs legislation also gives agents authority to copy data found on searched devices while the New Zealand Customs Service says the traveling public is unlikely to notice much difference. Its Council for Civil Liberties said the law gives officials the power to force smartphones to be unlocked without justification, and leaves travelers without legal options to challenge the order.

The council also pointing out criminals who can simply pay the fine or pass through customs with a wiped phone

Lilian Woo, FOX News.

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