Dotcom Lawyer: FBI Illegally Transferred Data from Megaupload

According to New Zealand publication Stuff, the FBI is on the defense after being accused in court by lawyers representing file sharing site Megaupload that it illegally exported data it seized from the company and its founder Kim Dotcom.

Kim Dotcom's defense team claimed in a New Zealand Court that information taken from hard drives belonging to Dotcom and the Megaupload should have remained in New Zealand unless the FBI obtained "express permission" from local police. The FBI took data from seven hard drives that were seized by New Zealand police during a raid of Dotcom's home in early 2012.

"If [they] went offshore without the consent of the attorney-general, it was an illegal act," Megaupload attorney Willie Akel told the court.

Prosecution lawyer John Pike, who is representing the U.S. government and seeking to have Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom extradited to the US for trial, argued before the court that the agreement reached by US and New Zealand law enforcement officials applied only to physical goods and not data.

Presiding Justice Winkelmann said that any information that is not relevant to the case is to be returned, but Pike argues that it is unclear what data will actually apply to the case.

Source: GamesIndustry International

Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditEmail this to someone