UNITED STATES INTERNET SURVEILLANCE known as PRISM reached as far as New Zealand and the investigation of Kim Dotcom.
Its reach into the life of the cloud storage entrepreneur was exposed by blogger Keith Ng on his On Point blog.
Ng said that he pored over the documents that were released by the courts in May and found a link between the New Zealand government intelligence agency and the US National Security Agency (NSA).
He said that the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) provided assistance during the investigation of Kim Dotcom, adding that this means that nowhere is safe from prying eyes.
Ng found that the GCSB provided a list of what the NSA calls Selectors, another word for keyword search terms. He has provided examples of the documents. They include a lot of redacted information.
A list of selectors was sent out in an email. It was tagged as being of interest to "NZL, AUS, CAN, GBR, USA" eyes, and was marked as "secret".
Ng said that the papers show a definite link between the GCSB and the NSA, and advised anyone that communicates over the internet to use encryption.
"It means that GCSB assistance is NSA assistance. It means that government agencies can tap into these powers as part of bread-and-butter law enforcement," he said.
"The Police are willing to use the full extent of their powers for entirely bullshit cases. Combine the two, and it makes me very, very queasy."
The spying on Kim Dotcom has already earned the disapproval of New Zealand courts. µ