Many users who quite legitimately used Megaupload to store personal data and photos and who never illegally shared music or films are still fighting to get their data back from the US Government who seized the Megaupload servers after charging the owner of the service with allegedly “operating as an organization dedicated to copyright infringement”.
One of the people affected Kyle Goodwin is trying to hold the US Government accountable for denying him access to his property. He is using the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) legal team to raise a brief to this effect.
According to the EFF site it appears the US Government has admitted to reviewing Mr Kyle’s files when he clearly had nothing to do with the case against the owners of Megaupload and as such is an innocent person who just happened to use the cloud service to store his personal files and was innocently caught in the crossfire between the Government and the owners of the Megaupload site.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the US Government has said that “Mr. Goodwin lost his property rights in his data by storing it on a cloud computing service.”
You can read the full post on the EFF Site here:
As you know I have always maintained that storing your data in the cloud is dangerous and this yet again confirms my worst fears that all your data in the cloud is accessible by the US authorities. As most cloud services we use here are based in the US you can take it that your data is being picked over at will by the US and their allies (UK Government I am sure), as well as any “anonymous” style hacking groups who seem capable of breaking into pretty much any site they wish including the US Government ones.
Public cloud services … no thank you!