A spying agency in New Zealand has apologized to Kim “Dotcom” Schmitz for breaking the law by spying on him. The Government Communications Security Bureau is only authorized to spy on foreigners. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key found that the agency spied on Dotcom (born in Germany) after he gained New Zealand residency in 2010.
The New Zealand spying agency was helping U.S. authorities when the take-down happened. U.S. authorities are accusing Dotcom of racketeering and money laundering by helping facilitate massive copyright piracy through MegaUpload.
Key said that he was “very disappointed” that the agency failed to understand their legal obligations. Dotcom accepted the apology via Twitter: