Dec 062012
 December 6, 2012  Posted by  Govt, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Jeremy Kirk reports:

 New Zealand’s High Court ruled Wednesday that Kim Dotcom and a Megaupload colleague can pursue damages against police and one of the country’s spy services for illegally intercepting their communications.

In her judgment, Justice Helen Winkelmann also added the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) as a defendant in the case, ordering the agency to turn over some details of the agency’s surveillance with respect to national security concerns. Another hearing is planned for next week.

New Zealand’s government admitted it illegally spied on Dotcom and Bram van der Kolk prior to a January raid on Dotcom’s mansion that coincided with the shutdown of their Megaupload file-sharing service.

Read more on Computerworld.  Can you imagine a court here ever letting someone sue the government this way?

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