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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

NZ dairy giant sounds new baby milk contamination alert
The world’s largest dairy exporter has warned some of its products including infant formula could contain potentially deadly bacteria. Some 870 tons of tainted milk products could now be recalled from the countries they were exported to.

03.08.2013 11:25

Dotcom says Anonymous protest hack of NZ govt websites will backfire
Hackers disabled several websites of New Zealand's ruling party to protest a new law that would enable the country’s spy agency to snoop on its citizens. Kim Dotcom said hacking the sites only gave PM John Key “a new excuse to pass the GCSB bill”.

30.07.2013 05:36

NZ journalist spied on after ‘inconvenient, embarrassing’ Afghanistan report
New Zealand faces allegations of spying on a journalist in Afghanistan with the help of US agencies over his coverage of NZ’s treatment of prisoners. Defense denies the allegations, while the PM says reporters can get caught in surveillance nets.

29.07.2013 09:31

Kiwis on the march: Thousands turn out against new spy powers in New Zealand
Thousands of people have protested across New Zealand against the new surveillance bill that would enable the country’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) to spy on its citizens.

27.07.2013 14:17

Expansive New Zealand surveillance bill expected to pass through Parliament
New Zealand lawmakers say they now have enough votes to pass a controversial bill that will expand the government’s power, authorizing the interception of private communications in the name of national security.

24.07.2013 01:57

6.5M quake off NZ coast shatters windows, cuts power in capital (VIDEO)
There has been a 6.5 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast of New Zealand. The tremor, which caused some damage to buildings and power outages, is the latest in a series of quakes shaking central New Zealand since Friday.

21.07.2013 05:34