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Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the all-real-problems-solved dept.

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bluetoad writes "Australian customs officers have been given the power to search incoming travelers' laptops and mobile phones for porn. Passengers must declare whether they are carrying pornography on their Incoming Passenger Card. The Australian government is also planning to implement an Internet filter. Once these powers are in places, who knows how they will be used."

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So... (4, Interesting)

epiphani (254981) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277816)

So they can search for porn. What can they do if they find it? Is porn illegal in Australia now?

Re:So... (5, Funny)

houstonbofh (602064) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277846)

Who knows, but if you thought the lines were long now... On most geek laptops, this could take a while.

Re:So... (1, Funny)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277972)

Who knows, but if you thought the lines were long now... On most geek laptops, this could take a while.

No, they're just going to have a third booth for you to go to at customs. One for something to declare, one for nothing to declare, and a third for Pornography. The third one will have a line out to the tarmac.

Re:So... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278286)

I call rule 34 on tarmac pr0n.

Re:So... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278430)

What if I tell them that under my clothes, I am pornographic? Will they strip-search me?

Re:So... (5, Insightful)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277872)

Is porn illegal in Australia now?

Nope. FTFA:

Patten said if the question was designed to stop child pornography being smuggled into the country then the question should have been asked about "child pornography", without encompassing regular porn.

Because you totally need to bring a hard drive into the country to bring along CP, you can't use those newfangled technologies like encrypted network connections and proxies to get around it.

What a giant circle jerk of pretending they are helping the victims.

Re:So... (4, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277974)

What a giant circle jerk of pretending they are helping the victims.

Now how can you say that? They are ASKING you if you have porn on your computer. Surely no self respecting kiddie porn pervert would disgrace himself by LYING, would he?

Re:So... (2, Informative)

Bakkster (1529253) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278154)

Well, when they're caught later, if you can prove they lied on their customs form you can put them away for even longer.

Re:So... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278046)

Even with hard disk you can bring CP:

Method1: encrypt the data, delete the encrypted files, drive looks empty. Then just any undelete tool to recover the data.
Method2: encrypt the data, put in a AVI/WMV header, pretend it is a DRM expired video file ...

Re:So... (5, Insightful)

MrZilla (682337) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278158)

Or just use TrueCryp and create a hidden partition.

Re:So... (4, Interesting)

dncsky1530 (711564) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278148)

This is only the latest in a string of censorship proposals that the government claims are targeted towards protecting people from child pornography.

As the article says, if child porn is the issue then why not just limit it to that? The same question has been asked about the proposed internet filter, which the government also claims is for protecting people from child porn but has been extended to cover all refused classification [acma.gov.au] material.

Just as filtering the internet as has been proposed isn't really feasible (at least with little impact on speed), I highly doubt customs agents would or can search the tons of laptops and phones coming into Australia. All it would take is one person with 10GB of porn to keep them busy for a couple hours.

Re:So... (4, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278152)

I imagine this could have serious consequences for Japanese and other Asian travelers were images of child porn (i.e. anime and manga) are perfectly legal. In Australia such drawings are outlawed, even though there's NO victim in this so-called crime. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

I don't know why our Aussie cousins put up with such nonsense, and do not demand repeal of these laws that infringe upon the individual rights of both artists and users of the art. Freedom of expression is given to us by our Creator (god or nature) and no government has legitimate authority to take away that right, anymore than it has a right to cut off our hands or gouge-out our eyes.

Re:So... (4, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278194)

I imagine this could have serious consequences for Japanese and other Asian travelers were images of child porn (i.e. anime and manga) are perfectly legal.

Tough shit. My handgun is completely legal the United States. If I take it into another country where it's not legal I'm going to be charged. Maybe the Japanese should leave their kiddie porn at home when they travel to the West?

Re:So... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278316)

My handgun is completely legal the United States.

That explains why your country has so many murders compared to more civilized locales.

Re:So... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278330)

Maybe the Japanese should leave their kiddie porn at home when they travel to the West?

you mean south right ? australia is south to japan.

Re:So... (2, Insightful)

poetmatt (793785) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278220)

Please. why does this have to be so complicated? A flash drive will do. Maybe a 16GB one which is like $30 US? Keep it in your pocket, and they won't even know you have it. Hell, keep one in each pocket, and you have 32GB of porn coming in the country.

Re:So... (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278294)

Please. why does this have to be so complicated? A flash drive will do. Maybe a 16GB one which is like $30 US? Keep it in your pocket, and they won't even know you have it. Hell, keep one in each pocket, and you have 32GB of porn coming in the country.

Very true. I was going through security in Guatemala City coming home and my USB drive set off the alarm. I took it out of my pocket and said "oh, forgot to put this through the xray." The guy just said to hand it to him around the detector and go through.

No problem.

Re:So... (2, Funny)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278358)

Since when has porn been measured in GB? Real Slashdotters (TM) measure it in Libraries of Congress.

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278402)

Agreed. This is a political play -- an agenda create by those who don't have a clue what they're doing and are too arrogant to consult technical folks that do. It will fizzle when they realize it's fruitless or the media winds no longer blow in a favorable direction.

I've worked at quite a few businesses that promoted very similar -- doomed to failed because we're business people and don't have any idea what we're doing -- initiatives.

Re:So... (1)

PincushionMan (1312913) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277924)

What can they do if they find it?

I dunno. Download it? Maybe they want to make sure your porn is on the up-and-up?

So... Do you have to wait while they view it all? Some people in the SEC may have to wait there for a few months.

Re:So... (4, Insightful)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277952)

What can they do if they find it?

I dunno. Download it? Maybe they want to make sure your porn is on the up-and-up?

Maybe the guy who pushed this rule is actually addicted to porn and wants to create a giant archive of it all, print it out and then roll around in the pages. Who knows? Often these people who are so hellbent on getting rid of "offensive things" turn out to be even more deviant than the ones they are attacking.

Re:So... (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278032)

Maybe the guy who pushed this rule is actually addicted to porn and wants to create a giant archive of it all

We already have a giant archive of porn. It's called the internet ;)

Re:So... (3, Insightful)

thrawn_aj (1073100) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278380)

What can they do if they find it?

I dunno. Download it?

The simplest solution is to somehow get porn producers within the MPAA umbrella. Charge customs officers a licensing fee for being able to search travelers' porn stashes. Better yet, sue them for piracy for viewing legitimate users' porn. It would be worth it just to see the clash of the giant douchebags. Does opposing douchebaggery cancel out and leave the world a happy place?

Re:So... (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278064)

It's hard to get in most states. You usually need to go to Canberra, the nation's capital, to get the hard stuff, but this may have changed. Given that customs are federal, I see a demarcation dispute here. Technically, interstate travellers should be checked as well. Maybe we should train the fruit beagles to sniff for porn too.

copyright vs material (1)

DiveX (322721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278192)

The mostly likely 'reason' is that the vast majority of porn s probably captured and snippets (who has time to watch the entire plot of the production) and tends to be a violation of copyright. If you cannot prove that you own the copyright , then you can probably be charged with that 'crime' until it is proven that you do have a legit copy, Even if you have the DVD with you, that fact that it is one your computer probably means you violated some standard or assumed to be present licensing agreement. So unless you starred in the production yourself, they will probably use that angle to charge you with something.

Re:copyright vs material (2, Informative)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278304)

Uh huh, and why do they let people through with the usual stash of 'Bali disks?' It's not about copyright.

Re:copyright vs material (2, Insightful)

thrawn_aj (1073100) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278438)

Copyright violation is a civil matter. The copyright holder has to sue, not the government (which it would if it was a criminal matter - is it? I'm not sure).

Re:So... (1)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278204)

Someone (i.e. not me) should film some really nasty bondage films with people dressed as Australian customs agents. Make sure it is the first file searched. Smile and wink often, as you slowly move closer to an agent, or make up your own way to have fun.

Re:So... (3, Informative)

Iyonesco (1482555) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278206)

Yes. Pictures of women over 18 with small breasts are illegal on the grounds that it is "virtual child pornography":

http://www.somebodythinkofthechildren.com/australia-bans-small-breasts/ [somebodyth...ildren.com]

Drawings of girls under 18 are banned because that too is virtual child pornography:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/01/simpsons-powerpuff-girls-porn-nets-jail-time-for-australian.ars [arstechnica.com]

Basically then if they want to arrest you I'm sure they could find something in your porn collection that's illegal, whether its a girl with small breasts or some cartoon porn.

Much like Canada they're very concerned with "virtual" things down there and far less concerned about real crimes. No doubt they'll be banning virtual murder and virtual dangerous driving in computer games next.

Re:So... (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278388)

Australia has become the world's equivalent of Alabama in recent years. Every month, we get a new batch of batshit crazy shit from down under. I fully expect them to announce they're outlawing music any day now.

Foiled again. (5, Funny)

Dyinobal (1427207) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277822)

Well there goes my plans to smuggle porn into Australia and use it in a terrorist attack.

Re:Foiled again. (5, Funny)

FreeUser (11483) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277854)

Well there goes my plans to smuggle porn into Australia and use it in a terrorist attack.

Gives 'blowjob' a whole new meaning...

Re:Foiled again. (1)

fatalwall (873645) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277904)

no, you can still do it! You just need balloons that can safely stretch large enough for hard disks and learn how to swallow one hole.

Re:Foiled again. (1)

ElKry (1544795) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278088)

I really hope you mean "swallow one whole"

Re:Foiled again. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278172)

You better use SD-card. Much more orifice-friendly.

Re:Foiled again. (2, Informative)

durrr (1316311) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278214)

Aquiring the precursors and manufacturing it on site sounds like an easier plan.
Don' tell this to the feds, but even if you can't get the optics normally used for it you should always be able to get paper and pencils, and even if you can't find that, i can assure you that you'll always manage to get wood.

Re:Foiled again. (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278060)

I wonder if region 1 copies of Satisfaction count as pornography over there... [rolls eyes]

Re:Foiled again. (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278142)

Check out 'Not Quite Hollywood' or any collection of '70s Australian cinema. That's Australian culture, not porn.

Re:Foiled again. (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278168)

I wonder if region 1 copies of Satisfaction count as pornography over there... [rolls eyes]

This is Australia. A DVD of Lambert the Sheepish Lion would be considered pornography.

Re:Foiled again. (1)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278338)

So that's why there was so much traffic to goatse lately. Stock piling some goatse WMDs I see?

Ok (5, Funny)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277826)

Well, I hope the guards are really desensitized because once they search my laptop they will most likely vomit.

Re:Ok (4, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277862)

Damn, where's the "overinformative" mod when you need it

Re:Ok (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277894)

Damn, where's the "overinformative" mod when you need it

I was saying that as sarcasm, but if I travel to Australia in the near future I think I will start keeping adult content on my desktop. "What? You don't like SWAP.AVI? Sorry, pal. Here's a bucket."

Re:Ok (1)

shadowknot (853491) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278254)

That would be hilarious but I doubt they would actually watch anything. They'll probably hash every file on your machine and compare it to a hash database of known files. We do a similar thing in the computer forensics field but with hashes of known CP. This whole thing just seems overarching and a waste of time to me. I would applaud anyone who fills their drive with porn before going to Oz just to waste their time.

Re:Ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278390)

There Has to be a Goatse tie to this one ........

Re:Ok (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278174)

Come on, it is just pictures of your mum. We all have them.

Re:Ok (1)

slick7 (1703596) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277986)

Well, I hope the guards are really desensitized because once they search my laptop they will most likely vomit.

They should be desensitized after viewing everyone with the scanners that reveal the really gross bodies.

Re:Ok (1)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278028)

Well, I hope the guards are really desensitized because once they search my laptop they will most likely vomit.

They should be desensitized after viewing everyone with the scanners that reveal the really gross bodies.

Or aroused... *shudder*

Re:Ok (1)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278110)

If you're quick with your camera, you may be able to add to your collection!

Re:Ok (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278282)

Rule 34 of the internet! I'm going to register vomitguards.com. Let's get onto this!

Who is pushing for this? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32277832)

In the US this kind of thing would usually be blamed on politicians pandering to the Christian right. Are there really a lot of fundies in Australia too? I always thought it was a very laid back sort of country.

Re:Who is pushing for this? (3, Informative)

curmi (205804) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277938)

It used to be. But the Christian groups seem to have the current government by the balls. And the opposition leader is a fundamentalist as well, so we are fucked either way.

Why does this shock you? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278058)

Look at Fox News. The owner/operator is from Australia and look at the holier than thou attitude on that network. Fox is just an export from the uptight right.

Re:Who is pushing for this? (3, Informative)

Spazztastic (814296) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278106)

Have you not been reading in the past few years since Stephen Conroy [wikipedia.org] assumed office? He's been spearheading all of these censorship efforts.

Re:Who is pushing for this? (1)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278418)

Wasn't it Hilary Clinton leading the way in the 'think of the children' laws a few years ago? There's quite a bit you can blame on the far right, but thinking of the children has been one of the few topics that has been bi-lateral.

Re:Who is pushing for this? (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278436)

You obviously haven't been paying attention lately.

Errr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32277840)

I am embarrassed to be Australian

Re:Errr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32277954)

No citizen should hold himself responsible for the errors of their government. If it were true, then as I'm French, I'd be screwed!

Re:Errr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32277962)

You should be. Why not move somewhere else?

captcha: nonlocal

Re:Errr (1)

earls (1367951) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278062)

You'll be really embarrassed after they find your stash.

Wow... And all this is for our own good... (1, Flamebait)

viraltus (1102365) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277850)

Always remember that all this fascist measures is for our own good. Politicians are intelligent people that know better than us and, if you disagree, you are probably a criminal.

SD card (1)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277870)

Everyone should start carrying an SD card filled with variations on goatse and 2 girls 1 cup

Eye of Sauron (1)

earls (1367951) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278026)

And change your wallpaper to goatse.cx.

Censorship (4, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277880)

Censorship is not only morally wrong, it is ineffective. You chase your tail wasting time and money often to accomplish nothing.

When will people learn?

Re:Censorship (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32277978)

Censorship is not only morally wrong, it is ineffective. You chase your tail wasting time and money often to accomplish nothing.

When will people learn?

Chasing tail wasting time and money often to accomplish nothing? Sounds like the guys on the other side of censorship are doing the same thing.

Not a waste (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278344)

You chase your tail wasting time and money often to accomplish nothing.

Don't think about that. Think of the millions, possibly billions of dollars this will rake through the business of government, and the precedent it will set for the next expansion of power and revenue. At the top of the power pyramid, it doesn't matter where the money ends up -- what matters is that it passes through your hands, giving you a chance to exploit it for personal gain.

Make no mistake, they don't give a damn whether you have child pornography on your hard drive. What they are interested in is money.

You're not in the business of government, are you?

...and? (2, Insightful)

KlausBreuer (105581) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277890)

What is it with these nutcases and pornography?
"Eeeeeeek, a woman showing a naked boobie! How horrifying!" ...but sending your own people to an obscure war on the other side of the world to involve them in shooting at civilians, that's okay?

Re:...and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278140)

"Eeeeeeek, a woman showing a naked boobie! How horrifying!" ...but sending your own people to an obscure war on the other side of the world to involve them in shooting at civilians, that's okay?

Good old-fashioned christian values.

Re:...and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278178)

they are going to 'confiscate' copies of every-ones porn. what better way to expand their own collection!

Re:...and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278288)

What is it with these nutcases and pornography?
"Eeeeeeek, a woman showing a naked boobie! How horrifying!"

FYI, prostitution is legal in Oz. And you got lots of topless hotties on the beaches.

Bounding up excitedly (2, Funny)

rugburner (1779412) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277900)

What's that you say skippy?
The porn is trapped in the free world!

Back to dream time.

PCI compliance and encryption (5, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277914)

What if my laptop is encrypted because of PCI compliance? What if it is against the law in my country for me to compromise confidential information, but now Australia demands to see it? Does this mean American businessmen can't travel ao Australia with company laptops?

Or will Australia not search encrypted laptops?

Re:PCI compliance and encryption (2, Interesting)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278186)

Why the hell are you browsing porn on a laptop that has PCI information on it!

Re:PCI compliance and encryption (2, Insightful)

schmidt349 (690948) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278200)

Probably it just means corporate and national security outfits will have all sensitive data pass through a nice strong VPN connection. The laptop you carry through customs will be freshly formatted and ready for any amount of probing.

If you're not afraid of retribution you could have a text document sitting on your computer's desktop explaining the situation and advising their nanny state to please sod off. Include a link to here. [nelsonhaha.com]

Re:PCI compliance and encryption (1)

Bakkster (1529253) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278226)

What if my laptop is encrypted because of PCI compliance? What if it is against the law in my country for me to compromise confidential information, but now Australia demands to see it? Does this mean American businessmen can't travel ao Australia with company laptops?

It just means American Businessmen can't keep porn on their company-issued laptops. Let's hope the SEC doesn't have any business in Australia, they'd be even more ineffective!

Re:PCI compliance and encryption (3, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278384)

It isn't an issue of whether or not I'm carrying porn on the laptop. If I have an encrypted laptop, I can't hand over the password to anyone, and yet Australia will demand I do exactly that.

Re:PCI compliance and encryption (2, Insightful)

Xugumad (39311) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278306)

> Does this mean American businessmen can't travel ao Australia with company laptops?

That would be my reading of this law, yes.

Personally, I already have a travel netbook, with a very limited set of data on it. Partly because it means a search isn't going to find anything interesting, partly because it means if I lose the laptop it's a lot less of an issue.

Re:PCI compliance and encryption (1)

MrShaggy (683273) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278392)

It is the same thing with people travelling into the US.

They can take your laptop give it back years later.
 

Note to self (4, Insightful)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277920)

When travelling to Australia, remember to use drive-level encryption and turn off my laptop before passing through customs. I could also keep a LiveCD in the CD drive to keep customs happy since they'll have something to search.

Are they tech savvy enough though? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32277926)

I can't see this going well. From experience working with all sorts of security guards and the like, I can say that the vast majority of them had little to no computer skills whatsoever. They could log in, log out, browse the internet, use Word and Excel, and respond to emails in Outlook.

With the highly obscure folder structure some people create to hide their porn stash, I can't see them being able to find anything on people's laptops. What are they going to do? Do a search for dirty keywords?

Re:Are they tech savvy enough though? (1)

kramulous (977841) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278270)

Ahh, if you have linux and use that window with the text you must be worth investigating. That'll be fun.

Better tell people to wait a few more hours after arrival to pick me up.

Think of the children and make them remember you! (0, Flamebait)

muckracer (1204794) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277958)

So next time I go to Australia, I'll set my background picture to the goatse dude and when quizzed about porn I'll be happy to turn on my laptop for the immigration officer. Preferably when large groups of minor travellers and christian bible students are congregating around the security point. Once they have collectively fainted, I'll smile at the officer and mention, that these kind of pictures are, of course, vital study-material for my Urology-degree and can I go now?!

Customs Inspectors (5, Funny)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277966)

With the new filter, they need to get their porn somehow. This was the best option.

It's as if 1,000 /. geeks screamed "TrueCrypt"...! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32277976)

And then were silent.

(Bonus: captcha = "hookup")

They shouldn't need any porn. (0, Troll)

earls (1367951) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277990)

Their government is full of dicks and their citizens are nothing but pussies. Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism strictly enforced. Their country is perverted far beyond any porn ever could be.

travel effects? (1)

rainmayun (842754) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277994)

Well, Australia just came off my honeymoon list.

Re:travel effects? (0)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278198)

If you need to take porn on your honeymoon, you have bigger problems.

Re:travel effects? (1)

xorsyst (1279232) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278426)

If you need to take your laptop on your honeymoon, you have bigger problems.

What exactly is the criteria for such searches? (2, Insightful)

John Saffran (1763678) | more than 4 years ago | (#32277996)

How bored the rent-a-cops at airports are? I still remember the two idiots who deliberately attempted to make me miss my flight .. somehow I don't think that type of person is the most qualified to make judgement calls.

And what exactly is this hoping to achieve anyway? If someone wanted to smuggle illegal porn into Australia a laptop isn't exactly the most efficient means, just use public email systems and some basic encryption. Unless the government is going to demand that all home PCs have monitoring software enforced there's no way that stopping the 'smuggling' of software can even be considered.

Or maybe that's actually what they want .. welcome to 1984!

Check true. What is the legal definition? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278022)

Check true even if you don't think you have any since someone you know has probably borrowed your PC for 30 seconds and visited http://boobpedia.com/ [boobpedia.com] .

What is the legal definition of "porn" in Australia?

Where to 'draw' the line?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278066)

Hey...does that now include Michelangelo and Davinci in the loop?? I mean, the statues or David and the Venus De Milo as well as the paintings on the chapel ceilings are too risque for many people.

Wow. (4, Insightful)

AMSmith42 (60300) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278096)

Not being Australian, I have to ask, "What does the Australian government have against business and tourism?"

Yes, sir, officer (3, Insightful)

paiute (550198) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278102)

Now just define 'porn' for me.

Re:Yes, sir, officer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278374)

I wanted to post an url to wikipedia, but the antipornproxy won't let me.

How does this work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278134)

So how does this work anyway?
If I check off YES, do I just get to walk through?
And if I check off NO, I wait in line to be searched?

I have nude pics of my wife, and no you can't look at them, fuck off, and have a nice day!

Sad day to be an australian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278258)

It’s become a political thing over here, every second phase is 'we are protecting the children' and it’s being used to justify everything. Funny thing is that from a tech perspective we are getting a porn filter that only dose ip address filtering... p2p anyone. And laptop searches which anyone here could probably find a million issues with.
The funniest one, one of our most handsomest politicians declaring that the filter will protect children from finding child porn, clearly his kids are seriously f’d up.

This week on Border Security (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278334)

A special adults only episode...

In Soviet Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278378)

porn searches for you!

Imagine this... (4, Interesting)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278406)

Scenario 1:
You have a drive full of happy family pictures, with your 2yo running around naked on the beach.

Scernario 2:
You lend your laptop to your 14-15yo something teen for homework or an assignment, who ends up collecting sexy pictures of current love-interest or webcamfling, or whatever. You walk through security with a confident smile because you don't look at pron (on that laptop).

You're jolly entering Australia for a nice warm vacation or business, but you did not get in because you're now in jail for childpornography.

"Sir, did you leave your laptop unguarded? Did you pack your laptop yourself?"

Australia, it could happen to you!

You better run, you better take cover. (1)

kstahmer (134975) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278448)

Gives a new meaning to the words: Do you come to a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder? Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? You better run, you better take cover.
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