26 Mar 2018

Crown to pay $90,000 for Kim Dotcom privacy breach

5:11 pm on 26 March 2018

The Crown breached the privacy of the internet mogul Kim Dotcom when it refused to release private information about him, the Human Rights Review Tribunal finds.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom leaves following his extradition appeal at the High Court in Auckland on August 29, 2016.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom leaving court from his extradition appeal hearing in Auckland in August 2016. Photo: AFP PHOTO / KATE DWEK

The Tribunal's finding released today said Dotcom wrote to 28 Ministers of the Crown in July 2015 requesting all private information held about him.

The 52 requests were in near identical terms and were forwarded to the Attorney General.

Mr Dotcom also said the request was for pending legal action and urgency was sought.

One month later the Solicitor General declined the request, saying they were vexatious, meaning it did not have sufficient grounds or was purely intended to be difficult.

Today, the Tribunal found the Crown had breached the Privacy Act by refusing the request for information. The Crown has been ordered to pay $90,000 in damages.

The Tribunal ordered the Crown to release the information.

Mr Dotcom, who is charged with copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering, is fighting extradition to the US where the case would be heard.

On Twitter he called for the Privacy Commissioner to resign.

Meanwhile, Mr Dotcom's immigration status remains in limbo.

Immigration New Zealand has made a decision on whether the internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom should be deported, but it won't make a recommendation to the government until his fight against extradition to the Unites States has concluded.

Read the full tribunal decision below:

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