Agency apologises for spying

2012-09-27 12:32
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Wellington - A New Zealand spying agency apologised after acknowledging it broke the law by spying on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom.

The Government Communications Security Bureau is authorised only to spy on foreigners. However, a report released on Thursday by Prime Minister John Key found the agency spied on the German-born Dotcom after he'd gained New Zealand residency in 2010.

The New Zealand agency was assisting US authorities who are trying to extradite Dotcom. U. authorities accuse Dotcom of racketeering and money laundering by facilitating massive copyright piracy on his file-sharing website.

Key said Thursday he's "very disappointed" the agency failed to understand its legal obligations.

The agency isn't saying what information it gathered, so it's not clear what effect the development will have on the case.

Read more on:    kim dotcom  |  new zealand  |  online security  |  computing  |  technology

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