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The Australian Sex Party—which is a trade group, not a fun Friday night—has risen up against new Australian customs rules that allow officials to search your personal electronics for pornography. Even Crocodile DunDD? Outrage!


When heading Down Under, travelers are required to fill out Incoming Passenger Cards that list what they're bringing into the country. For the last several months, those cards have included a "Pornography" category. If you don't check the box but have mature content on your laptop or phone, you're breaking the law. If you do check it, officials are going to go through your stash.

While measures to prevent illegal pornography from crossing borders make total sense, Australian customs officials are looking for any and all R18+ and N18+ material—even of the homemade variety. As ASP president Fiona Patten points out:

"If you and 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."


The policy has been in place since last fall, and the fact that it's only just now gaining notoriety indicates that it hasn't created too much awkwardness. It's a terrible breach of privacy, though, and one that will hopefully be corrected now that the backlash is finally building.

But for now? Best to think twice about heading to the outback with a hard drive full of boobs. [Sydney Morning Herald via Reddit]

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