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Raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion ruled legal by NZ court
An Appeals Court has ruled the search warrants used to raid Kim Dotcom’s New Zealand mansion were legal. The decision is a setback in Dotcom’s battle against extradition to the US, where he is wanted for copyright charges in connection with MegaUpload.

19.02.2014 05:30

NZ spy agency in illegal Kim Dotcom wiretap 'deletes key evidence' ahead of hearing
Megaupload founder and web tycoon Kim Dotcom has accused the New Zealand spy agency of getting rid of the information necessary for his $6.9 million damages hearing.

04.02.2014 06:06

Megaparty: Kim Dotcom launches political party, holds 15,000-strong birthday bash
Megaupload founder and web tycoon Kim Dotcom is launching registration for his New Zealand political party on Monday. Tickets for his 40th birthday, coinciding with the launch, went in minutes, with more than 15,000 people planning to attend.

14.01.2014 11:43

Congress introduces Obama fast-track authority on global trade pacts like TPP
Congressional leaders on the US trade policy have introduced legislation that would grant President Barack Obama “fast-track authority” to enact three looming global trade accords, including the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.

10.01.2014 00:22

Kim Dotcom used info on rivals to boost Megaupload – prosecutors
File-sharing mogul Kim Dotcom warned PayPal not to work with his rivals because of their “criminal activity” and admitted in Skype chats he made money from Megaupload users sharing copyrighted songs, US prosecutors claim in documents unveiled Friday.

21.12.2013 02:17

NSA considered ‘unilateral spying’ on Australia, Canada, NZ citizens
The NSA was prepared to secretly collect data on citizens of Australia, Canada and New Zealand – without the knowledge or consent of their governments, and despite the ‘Five Eyes’ joint spying program with those countries, a Snowden leak reveals.

05.12.2013 12:55

New Zealand dismisses major internet companies’ disputes with new spying law
The New Zealand government has rejected a plea from four of the internet’s largest companies to be excluded from broad requirements within the country’s new electronic spying law.

14.10.2013 22:13

Doctom to sue NZ govt for $6mn over SWAT-style arrest, illegal spying
Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom has filed a $6.9 million (NZ$8.55 million) lawsuit against the New Zealand police and spy agency over the 2012 “over-aggressive and invasive” raid on his mansion and the spying that preceded it, NZ media reveal.

13.09.2013 16:47

Kim Dotcom steps down as Mega director
Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom announced his resignation from his new Mega data storage project to concentrate on fighting extradition to the US and launching New Zealand’s political party.

05.09.2013 03:25

Kim Dotcom to start NZ political party, idea panned by PM
Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom has confirmed he plans to launch New Zealand political party to run an election campaign next year. But PM John Key has mocked the Megaupload founder’s desire to enter politics, saying it is a stunt to fight his extradition.

02.09.2013 12:32

New Zealand PM walks out of press conference amid spy bill grilling
Tensions are high in New Zealand over a new bill that would allow the country’s GCSB agency to conduct warrantless NSA-style spying on citizens. Prime Minister John Key, who was grilled on the bill at a presser, cut the meeting short and left early.

19.08.2013 17:42

Mega to run ‘cutting-edge’ encrypted email after Lavabit’s ‘privacy seppuku’
Kim Dotcom’s is working on a highly-secure email service to run on a non-US-based server. It comes as the US squeezes email providers that offer encryption and Mega’s CEO calls Lavabit’s shutdown an “honorable act of Privacy Seppuku.”

11.08.2013 13:16

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