Declare to customs you have porn!

  • beaujangle

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    Jun 03, 2010 11:24 AM GMT
    WTF! This is too much!

    http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/travellers-to-be-searched-for-porn-20100520-vh09.html
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Jun 03, 2010 11:28 AM GMT
    FUCK ME *palm face*
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    Jun 03, 2010 11:43 AM GMT
    Comments from our other Australian brothers?

    http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/travellers-to-be-searched-for-porn-20100520-vh09.html
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    Jun 03, 2010 12:07 PM GMT
    I just made up my mind to NEVER travel to Australia. icon_confused.gif
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jun 03, 2010 3:32 PM GMT
    Wow, uh...seriously?

    Good thing I've set up my server....icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 03, 2010 3:34 PM GMT
    So... my private pics break Australian customs laws?

    eek.

  • calibro

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    Jun 03, 2010 3:34 PM GMT
    umm... unless liltanker is the customs officers i fear i can never go back to australia
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    Jun 03, 2010 3:37 PM GMT
    sigh... *wipes hard drive*
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    Jun 03, 2010 4:14 PM GMT
    Yeah it's bullshit, maybe we'll be the next China in regards to censorship (slight exaggeration there). The biggest issue is that not enough people speak up and we just let it happen (but in the article they just 'snuck' it into the customs declaration without a public discussion). And sex issues are still a subject many people are not willing to speak up on in fear of being labeled either a pervert (men) or promiscuous (women). And we tease New Zealand about sheep when we have a lot in our country.

    And don't even get started on the Internet 'filter' that's going in.

    Paulflexes, I think you should visit at least once, think of all the hot Aussie brawny guys you'll be missing out on......
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    Jun 03, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    Wow…just wow
    What do they consider porn?
    Is there any other type of screensavers out there?
  • texfax

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    Jun 03, 2010 6:36 PM GMT
    This is no new thing for Americans -- US Customs has the authority to seize laptops and other electronic devices being brought across the border for an indefinite period of time; they can copy all of the device's data, scanning it for counter-terrorism intelligence, drugs information, illegally obtained media (music downloads, etc.) and of course, "sexual materials." If you cooperate, you might get your device back within a few hours -- if not, they'll get it to you after a few weeks if you're lucky.

  • coolarmydude

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    Jun 03, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI just made up my mind to NEVER travel to Australia. icon_confused.gif


    What you lack in porn is more than made up with the hot guys in Oz.
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    Jun 03, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    jim_e said
    Paulflexes, I think you should visit at least once, think of all the hot Aussie brawny guys you'll be missing out on......
    I live in South Florida...all the hot Aussies vacation there anyway, so I'm not missing anything. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 03, 2010 10:23 PM GMT
    Maybe a good argument for "cloud computing" where your notebook stores almost nothing at all. And makes laws like this totally meaningless. Or can national filters reach into the cloud?
  • GQjock

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    Jun 03, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    Err ..... Australian ... Sex Party? icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 03, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    It's not soo bad. In Japan it is illegal to have uncensored porn. icon_eek.gif You could be fined and/or have you collection confiscated when crossing through the airport.
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    Jun 03, 2010 11:45 PM GMT
    lol...
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    Jun 03, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    I'm not sure what the Australian law is like in this regard, but, in the US, you can encrypt data and lawfully withhold the encryption key under the 5th amendment protection from self incrimination. That, of course, could mean that your computer isn't returned for quite a while.

    Since in the US the bar is pretty high for porn to be considered illegal a better tack is probably to leave things unencrypted and keep the number for the ACLU with you.

    It's all pretty disheartening when resources are used for making prudes and hypocrites feel good instead for stopping the really bad characters who would bomb us or poison us like bugs.
  • aus_Sean36

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    It's interesting that there's an absence of definition on what 'pornography' is within various state and federal legislations. Under the (federal) Classification Act, material that is deemed to be 'pornography’ (in fact it must start with “Refused Classification”) requires a determination by the Classification Board, so I wonder how many of them will be on hand at ports of entry?

    If we go back to the Bill Hensen issue – we saw police confiscate images of naked/partially naked children as it was deemed to be pornographic. However, the Classification Board gave it a “General” or “Very mild” rating once context, impact etc were considered (as required under the Classification Guidelines).

    So what happens to the person with a picture of their naked 2yo in the bath? Under this lunacy, there’s a chance that it could be deemed pornography.

    There’s already a report of a guy having his hard drive seized, which I assume they are sending off to have it classified. What kind of bloody nanny state is this country turning into? First this, now Conroy and his internet filter.
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    Jun 04, 2010 12:20 AM GMT
    2nd paragraph... Australian Sex Party? Do tell.
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    Jun 04, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    Well dang.. I was planning on setting up my "Porn and Lemonade" stand in Melbourne tomorrow. Not.. trafficking porn over the internet, or through private mail somehow. Do people honestly risk carrying child porn on their person when going through a countries customs? Are they that retarded?
  • cbrett

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:32 AM GMT
    a lot of countrys already have the right to look and most arrival card already ask if your are carrying porngraphic material. If it illegal then then i have no issue witht this law, i would perfer anyone who likes to look at sick porn (illegal) not to come to australia
  • aus_Sean36

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    Jun 04, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    cbrett saidi would perfer anyone who likes to look at sick porn (illegal) not to come to australia


    But this goes beyond "sick porn". They could have imited the definition on the card, but left it wide open. A photo of two consentual adults having sex in their own room falls within their wide definition.