An interesting article on TorrentFreak points out something we should have suspected all along: that everyday Megaupload users are not the only ones that have lost access to legal data – the U.S. government has also had some of its data locked down. According to Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the Department of Justice and members of the U.S. Senate have stored data on the site, which, ironically, they don't have access to because the U.S. government shut the site down.
Kim Dotcom says that lawyers for the company are doing their best to get all users – including the U.S. government – their legal data back. They are negotiating with the Department of Justice to give users temporary access to legal data, but so far there hasn't been any movement.
"Megaupload’s legal team is working hard to reunite our users with their data. We are negotiating with the Department of Justice to allow all Mega users to retrieve their data,: Kim Dotcom told TorrentFreak.
"Guess what – we found a large number of Mega accounts from US Government officials including the Department of Justice and the US Senate," he added. "I hope we will soon have permission to give them and the rest of our users access to their files."
As we have previously reported, The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is also trying to get legitimate users their legal data back: they launched the MegaRetrieval campaign to make an inventory of users who lost data because of the government takedown. For now the EFF can't do anything until lawyers for Megaupload and the government agree.
"EFF continues to identify more people who have lost access to legitimate personal files," EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels told TorrentFreak. "Our goal is to help them get their files back as quickly and efficiently as possible."
The EFF is concerned about getting data back into the hands of the people that own it, but they are also worried about the future ramifications of the Megaupload case on other file-hosting services.
"In general we are very concerned about the implications the ‘Mega conspiracy’ indictment has for the future of cloud computing and file-hosting services, and innovation more generally. It’s hard to imagine how the nature in which this went down won’t have a chilling effect going forward. We hope to come up with processes for future cases that will counteract that," Samuels said.
If you are one of those affected by the Megaupload takedown, visit the EFF's megaretrieval.com.