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Can airport authorities search your phone or computer?

At no other time in history has airport security been so rigorous: travellers have come to expect pat downs, bag screenings and random drug detection tests.

But you might be caught by surprise if you’re asked to surrender your phone or laptop for Australian Border Force (ABF) authorities to search.

Cuth 4dZaahir Edries, the president of the Muslim Legal Network of NSW, says the ABF’s powers are “relatively broad”.

  • How broad?

“Anything you have on your phone, as a passenger, is open to scrutiny or interrogation by…

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