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Travellers to be searched for porn

Posted: May 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Travellers to be searched for porn

Australian customs officials have been asking travelers to declare "pornography" when entering the country. "If you & your partner have filmed or photographed yourselves making love in an exotic destination or even taking a bath, you will have to answer 'Yes' to the question or you will be breaking the law," Fiona Patten, president of the Australian Sex Party says. Patten is demanding an inquiry into why the question doesn't only ask about illegal pornography. “Is it fair that customs officers rummage through someone's luggage and pull out a legal men's magazine or a lesbian journal in front of their children or their mother-in-law?” she asks.

Sydney Morning Herald reports that "Colin Jacobs, chairman of the lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, said the change appeared to have sneaked under the radar 'without any public consultation about the massive privacy issues'." Even Hetty Johnson, chief executive of child protection group Bravehearts, agreed the question was too broad.

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