hypnosec writes: In an interesting turn of events, John Key, New Zealand’s Prime Minister has apologized to Kim Dotcom after a report found that the government had illegally carried out surveillance on the Megaupload founder. John Key earlier requested an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the circumstances of unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the Government Communications Security Bureau. The report from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Paul Neazor indicates that the New Zealand security service didn’t conduct a thorough check on Dotcom’s immigration status before monitoring Dotcom, which otherwise would have proved that he hold’s a permanent resident’s visa, thus making the whole thing unlawful. The Government Communications Security Bureau (GSCB) can only take actions against foreign targets, thus faltering when it carried out surveillance on Dotcom. In a media conference, Key said, “Of course I apologize to Mr Dotcom, and I apologize to New Zealanders.”
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