The case of the collateral damage brought about by January’s closure of file-sharing site Megaupload has deteriorated further for users who still cannot access their own private files.
Kyle Goodwin, an Ohio videographer who runs a business recording high school sporting events, has been told by the US Department of Justice that he has no right to demand his files back from the US government. Despite the fact he was supported by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and that the Motion Picture Association of America (one of the bodies represented by the prosecution against Megaupload) had no problem with him having his files returned to him, the US DOJ won’t budge.
The reasoning behind this decision is quite long-winded and has to do with the manner in which data was seized and the relevant warrants that were executed, so for the purposes of this blog we won’t delve into the specifics. If you’d like to know more about the legal issues surrounding this, Ars Technica goes into more depth.
The point I’m trying to make is that whenever you entrust any third-party to hold on to your files, you are potentially at the mercy of how they operate in relation to the law(s). If anything untoward is suspected of happening with that company, then you may suddenly find that you are separated from your own data with no indication of when you may be reunited with it.
If you are trying to run a business and important documents are out of reach, then this can pose some very serious problems. This situation has arisen from a legal issue – there are other ways you can lose your data that are completely out of your hands, such as hacking or server malfunctions.
If you need to make files available from a number of locations and to a number of people, then there is a safer and more secure way of doing this. DADapp has a user to user sharing system that allows for the easy private sharing of files, music, videos and photos – without the need for cloud hosting.
It’s more private than Facebook, easier than Windows networking and more flexible than Dropbox. If you’d like to share with your own world and not the whole world, then download DADapp and create your own private social network today.