by Mike Masnick
Thu, Mar 7th 2013 3:35am
You may recall that last fall, the New Zealand government admitted that its equivalent of the NSA, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) had illegally spied on Kim Dotcom for US law enforcement. Like the NSA (in theory), the GCSB is not allowed to spy on people domestically. But they did exactly that. Now the other shoe has dropped, as Kim Dotcom has been allowed to sue the government over illegal surveillance, for which Dotcom may receive compensation. The NZ government had tried to argue that it was "inappropriate," but a court has rejected that idea. This also means that Dotcom (and his lawyers) will be told what information was captured and who it was sent to -- though the actual documents won't be shown to him.
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