Monday, September 24, 2012

Megaupload: NZ government has exceeded its limits

The unhappy attempts to try and close down Megaupload is like a small, spiky thing that people keep catching their fingers on. The New Zealand PM has just been forced into admitting his government spied, illegally, on Kim Dotcom. Torrentfreak reports:

This morning Prime Minister John Key announced he has requested an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security after the Government Communications Security Bureau illegally intercepted the communications of individuals in the Megaupload case.

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) is an intelligence agency of the New Zealand government responsible for spying on external entities, much like the function of the CIA in the United States. It is forbidden by law from conducting surveillance on New Zealand citizens or permanent residents in the country.
It's important remember this apparent breach of the New Zealand constitution was in the vitally important cause of making sure nobody listens to a Phil Collins album without the correct paperwork.

The NZ opposition is claiming that Key would have had to have signed off on the eavesdropping.