Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 31st Jan 2012 03:49 UTC
Legal According to MSNBC, up to 50 million Megaupload users could lose their data by Thursday. They haven't been able to access their data since surprise US government raids early this month. None of these users has been charged with any crime. This continues the US trend towards expanded use of forfeiture laws to arbitrarily seize and/or destroy private property without due process. The US Constitution's 5th Amendment states "No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty or property without due process or law; nor shall private property be taken... without just compensation." The situation raises questions both about the reliability of cloud services for data storage and the end of due process in the United States.
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I'm confused
by rhavyn on Tue 31st Jan 2012 05:52 UTC
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The article says:

The letter said the government copied some data from the servers but did not physically take them. It said that now that it has executed its search warrants, it has no right to access the data. The servers are controlled by Carpathia and Cogent and issues about the future of the data must be resolved with them, prosecutors said.

So, since the government hasn't seized anything, and any data deletion or loss would be caused a private company, what does this have to do with using forfeiture laws? I mean, both articles point out some seriously bad things associate with this case, but neither seems to provide even the slightest bit of backing for what is being claimed in this article.

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