Statistics or records of digital searches made between January 1 and January 14, 2015

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to New Zealand Customs Service

The request was partially successful.

From: Alex Harris

Dear New Zealand Customs Service,

Customs searches digital devices at the border for objectionable material or other evidence of border offending. In 2013 they searched 845 such devices. I would like to request the following information under the OIA:

* How many digital devices did they search at the border between January 1 and January 14, 2015?
* how many of those searches were for "objectionable material" and
how many were for "other evidence of border offending"?
* how many of those searches were conducted on behalf of other
agencies, such as the NZ Police, SIS, GCSB, or FBI?
* how many of those searches resulted in finding
something prohibited from entering NZ? I'd like a categorization of
(broadly) what was this material (objectionable material, copyright
violation, national security, other)

If extracting this information for a 2-week period is considered to involve "substantial collation and research", I am happy to accept the raw records of these searches (redacted for privacy and law enforcement reasons, of course) so that I can perform the analysis myself. According to the information you provided the Ombudsman's Office, this should take roughly 3.2 minutes per report, or less than two hours work. If you believe _that_ constitutes "substantial collation and research", I am happy to go to the Ombudsman again. Likewise, given the public interest in reviewing Customs' use of this power, I'm happy to challenge any attempt to charge for such a small amount of work.

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about
this request will be automatically forwarded to me by the website.

With regards to s12 of the OIA, I am an NZ citizen and in NZ.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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New Zealand Customs Service

Good afternoon Mr Harris

Thank you for your email below requesting information regarding Customs’ searches of digital devices at the border.

This email is to confirm that your request has been received by Customs and that you can expect a response to your request as soon as reasonably practicable and in any case within 20 working days from the date after which your request was received by Customs.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your request.

Kind regards
Procedures and Support team
NZ Customs Service

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New Zealand Customs Service

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Dear Mr Harris

Please find attached Customs' response to your request.

Chief Customs Officer
Procedures and Support

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