This is why I tell folks that I don’t the “security” of the Cloud… physical or electronic.
According to an article on neowin.net , The Electronic Freedom Foundation filed a brief on behalf of one person (the only person) who wants what he uploaded to Megaupload back. The Government responded with a process so convoluted that it could never work…. from sheer bureaucracy, making hurdles a person or small business would find almost insurmountable.
Clearly, the government has gone through all those files for any excuse to keep possession of it, and has questioned the financial cost of a person trying to get his data back.
So, if a person stored data on a service, even though he is not being investigated or accused of criminal activity, the Government can sift through it? What happened to the Fourth Amendment?
The worst part? The Government now has made the claim that the moment a person uploads data to the cloud, he loses any rights to that data.
So, folks… there’s a lot at stake. It isn’t really about one person’s data.
1. Being very careful about what you upload to any cloud service.
2. A very chilling message being sent to companies in the cloud storage business.
3. A chilling message being sent to businesses which use cloud services.
4. A chilling message being sent to creators of modern OS’s considering the degree to which they integrate with the cloud, and the internet.
So, imho it’s time to make it clear to the government just who owns your data: Get the media onboard very quickly. There’s a limit. The government has exceeded it, and is abrogating its duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.