EFF in the News
Critics say cell phone companies tell customers what data they're collecting by sending them privacy notices like these that may be difficult to understand and written in fine print. And they don't like that consumers who don't want to be tracked have to make the extra effort to "opt out".
"I don't really think that most people are going to review every email they get form their cell phone company and then go through the extra step of opting out of this targeted advertisement," Reitman says.
In a letter (PDF) sent to the Eastern Virginia US Attorney's office and to lawyers for Megaupload, the EFF asks for all material on the servers to be retained "both for purposes of contemplated future litigation and as a matter of obligation and courtesy to the innocent individuals whose materials have unfortunately been swept up into this case."
Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Rainey Reitman explains it in simple language:
Here’s what you need to know about the substantive changes in the new policy:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday asked federal prosecutors and lawyers for the Megaupload.com file-sharing service to allow users who uploaded material to retrieve it as long as it was not copyrighted material.
Carpathia, which is working with the nonprofit digital rights advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), created MegaRetrieval to help the EFF "assess the scope of the issue facing Megaupload users who are at risk of losing their data," as well as to "help drive awareness that Megaupload customers can seek legal assistance to retrieve their data," according to a joint statement released by the organizations.
The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act were "bad laws prepared in secret, but they were defeated once they had to face public opinion," Maira Sutton, international outreach coordinator for the foundation, wrote via email. "The scary thing about secret agreements like TPP ... is that they may already be well along the process by the time the public has a chance to learn about them and speak up, which means that unpopular censorship provisions, like those in SOPA and PIPA, can be slid in under the radar."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is worried about a lot of the things that have taken place in the Megaupload case, got on the blower to Carparthia and asked what could be done.
The new site, megaretrieval.com, hopes to hear from the "multitude of innocent users who stored legitimate, non-infringing files on the cloud-storage service were left with no means to access their data." EFF can't promise that the data will be retrieved, though, and Carpathia says it has no direct access to the content on the servers.
After the FBI shut down Megaupload, millions of people were locked out of files they had uploaded to the service. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling bullshit on this, and along with Carpathia, MegaUpload’s hosting service, they’ve started MegaRetrieval.com, a new site meant to call attention and serve those affected.
If you're one of the millions of MegaUpload customers whose data is endangered by the entertainment industry's legal action against the company, EFF wants to help you get your files back. They've teamed up with Carpathia Hosting, the company that hosts MegaUpload's servers, and created Megeretreival.com.