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Customs searching data storage?

The NZ Herald reports that a man’s appeal against a conviction for bringing in objectionable movies showing bestiality has been granted.

What interested me wasn’t the decision (which didn’t seem unreasonable) but the following:

After the computer was turned off, he thought nothing more about the movies until he was stopped at Auckland airport. … On the external hard drive of his computer a Customs officer found movie files depicting males and females having sex with dogs and horses.

I infer from this that NZ Customs are choosing to look at the contents of flash drives, external hard drives and laptops when they wish to.

I wonder if they look for pirated mainstream movies as well as the legally objectionable ones.