EFF in the News
Just a day after MegaUpload's hosting companies agreed to hold off (for two weeks) deleting data from their servers, there's news that one of these companies--Carpathia Hosting--is assisting the EFF in its efforts to identify and locate legal files on the cyberlocker.
A Web site, MegaRetrieval.com has been created for legitimate users to contact the EFF about their plight. There's no guarantee that the non-profit organization will succeed, but at least, it seems like a more realistic avenue for users besides that offered by the Spanish Pirate Party, which is threatening to sue the FBI.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Carpathia Hosting have launched MegaRetrieval, a site that aims to assist Megaupload users who are unable to access their data from the service.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org) and other civil liberties groups pointed to the policy’s fine print—which makes life difficult for governments trying to censor tweets, and easy for users trying to evade censorship.
"Megaupload had many lawful customers, yet those people were given no notice that they might lose access to their data and no clear path to getting their property back. Setting aside the legal case against Megaupload, the government should try to avoid this kind of collateral damage, not create it," said the EFF.
The EFF and Carpathia launched a website Tuesday, Megaretrieval.com, to gather information from "innocent users who stored legitimate, non-infringing files." According to Samuels, EFF attorneys want to give those users some say in what happens to Megaupload's servers. But it's not clear what responsibility, if any, the government has to preserve the data, or how long users can be denied access to their files.
"We’re on a fact-finding mission right now. I don't know the best way forward," Samuels said. "We're asking folks to take a second, take a deep breath, consider the rights of innocent third parties who are caught up in this dragnet and go from there."
In the meantime, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has teamed up with Carpathia to create a website that puts folks in touch with EFF attorneys so users can try to retrieve their data. No word as to what legal wrangling the EFF can do to make it happen, but those affected can get the wheels of justice started at the source below.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), supported by Carpathia Hosting, today announced its plans to assess the scope of the issue facing Megaupload users who are at risk of losing their data.
“EFF is troubled that so many lawful users of Megaupload.com had their property taken from them without warning and that the government has taken no steps to help them,” said Julie Samuels, Staff Attorney at EFF. “We think it’s important that these users have their voices heard as this process moves forward.”
Also in 2010, the EFF warned that Big Brother wants to be your friend on social media... I worry about our civil liberties, freedom, and privacy. It's depressing, but I'd like to offer you something positive, so I reached out to a group that I deeply respect. I spoke with the EFF's Rebecca Jeschke who said:
he EFF and other groups want to take jailbreaking a step further: The EFF wants the US Government to maintain the DMCA exemption for smartphone jailbreaking, and extend it to cover tablets and consoles--apparently, jailbreaking your gaming console or tablet is still legally iffy, and many companies oppose the practice. Now, I'm no lawyer, but as a tech journalist and a consumer, I can't see how outlawing jailbreaking will do anything but hurt us users--and tech companies too. Here's why.
According to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the FBI’s CIPAV spyware, when installed on a target's computer, allows the feds to collect the following information: IP address; media access control (MAC) address; browser environment variables; open communication ports; list of the programs running; operating system type, version, and serial number; browser type and version; language encoding; the URL that the target computer was previously connected to; registered computer and company name; currently logged-in user name; and other information that would assist with "identifying computer users, computer software installed, [and] computer hardware installed", EFF said in a news release.