Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Feb 2012 21:46 UTC
Internet &amp; Networking "The Electronic Frontier Foundation, supported by Carpathia Hosting, today announced its plans to assess the scope of the issue facing Megaupload users who are at risk of losing their data. Carpathia has created this website to assist users in contacting EFF. EFF will review the factual situations shared by users and, if possible, try to resolve their issues." I <3 EFF. Seriously. These guys are universally fighting the good fight.
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What about due process and forfeiture
by rhavyn on Wed 1st Feb 2012 22:23 UTC
rhavyn
Member since:
2005-07-06

Wait, how is this possible? I'm positive I read that the US government illegally seized all that data using forfeiture laws denying innocent users their due process. Where could I have read that? Oh wait, it was here: http://www.osnews.com/story/25557/Megaupload_Users_Could_Lose_Data_...

Maybe a correction on the original article pointing out that the US didn't seize anything, they executed a warrant that was sworn out by a judge (thus providing due process) and that once the relevant data was retrieved the servers and data remained in the possession of the datacenter they were leased from (thus excluding any forfeiture like activity from taking place)?

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Comment by squelart
by squelart on Wed 1st Feb 2012 22:49 UTC
squelart
Member since:
2007-03-22

*retrieving

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Let this be a lesson ...
by WorknMan on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 00:10 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Let this be a lesson to everyone that you should NEVER put important data in the cloud without having a backup. This goes for email, contacts, and whatever else. Even when a site isn't shut down by the government, you never know when there's going to be a catastrophic failure and/or the site will close up shop overnight and take your data with it.

I suppose the cloud is a good place to keep backups of stuff, but really... when did people get the impression that their data was safe in the cloud?

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RE: Let this be a lesson ...
by darknexus on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 06:25 UTC in reply to "Let this be a lesson ..."
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

really... when did people get the impression that their data was safe in the cloud?


Since the marketing drones started saying it, seeing as how most people seem remarkably open to the words of someone in a fancy suit.

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RE: Let this be a lesson ...
by laffer1 on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 08:18 UTC in reply to "Let this be a lesson ..."
laffer1 Member since:
2007-11-09

Cloud based storage has been marketed in such a way that people believe it's safe.

When I was younger, I worked at an ISP that advertised daily tape backups for their web hosting. We didn't even own a tape drive and there were no backups of the Linux servers. I eventually was made an NT sys admin and started backing up files on my local desktop system (which had it's own dangers if I got malware). After this experience, I don't trust anything.

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RE: Let this be a lesson ...
by Mellin on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 19:36 UTC in reply to "Let this be a lesson ..."
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

Never use cloud with servers in usa or cloads owned by us companies

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Comment by gan17
by gan17 on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 02:05 UTC
gan17
Member since:
2008-06-03

Would be cool if they were called 'Electronic Frontier Federation and Union' or something like that.

Then we could all say "EFF U!!" every once in a while without offending people.

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RE: Comment by gan17
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 05:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by gan17"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Nah, people would still find a way to bitch. Most likely by claiming that it still offends them.

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kateline
Member since:
2011-05-19

What a mess. I can't see innocent users losing their data because they picked the "wrong" cloud service (one that gets in trouble with the law). I hope this gets resolved so no users lose their data -- except for those who are pirating stuff.

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