New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key is facing prosecution in court after it was revealed his department spied on more than 80 New Zealanders illegally.
The head of the New Zealand Private Prosecution Service Graham McCready has filed charges against Mr Key and GCSB head Ian Fletcher, under the Crimes Act.
McCready said that under the Act "everyone is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years who intentionally intercepts any private communication by means of an interception device".
Wellington District Court deputy registrar Kevin Conroy has acknowledged the informations.
"I now have to consider the matter of the issue of summonses under the provisions of the Summary Procedures Act 1957," he said.