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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > File-Hosting Service Will Freely Hand Customer Data To Feds

File-Hosting Service Will Freely Hand Customer Data To Feds

File-Hosting Service Will Freely Hand Customer Data To Feds

Added: Thursday, April 28th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
One of the online file hosting services called Dropbox ignited a controversy over amending its policy. The matter is that the change undermined one of the own promises of Dropbox to security. However, the service defended the policy amendment claiming that it’s all right to hand over customer information to law enforcement.


For many Internet users security of their data is of primary importance, and many hosting services took advantage of this need, offering services satisfying this demand. However, one of the services – Dropbox – priding itself on security recently decided to change a policy in contradiction with its own security claims!

The service previously claimed that all transmission of file data would occur through an encrypted channel, as well as all the stored information would be encrypted. Moreover, its employees would be unable to access user files but only have access to file metadata. Despite these bold claims, it was a surprise for many when the site implemented changes to its policies stating that the U.S. law enforcement may require the service to provide the private data of its customers. In these cases, Dropbox will remove encryption from your files before handing them over to the feds.

In other words, the claim that Dropbox’s employees are unable to see the contents of the files wasn’t true. In fact, there are only 2 choices: either they can see the contents of the files or they can’t. Apparently, it seems that Dropbox doesn’t see anything particularly shocking about that.

In response to emerged discussion, Dropbox has released the statement explaining the situation with government data requests. The service said that it didn’t get lots of those requests – just about one a month for over 25 million users, which is fewer than one in a million accounts. Besides, such tiny number of requests Dropbox has received were all targeted to certain people under criminal investigation. In case the service would receive a request too broad or doesn’t complying with the law, it promised its users to fight for their privacy rights.

In fact, people should understand that Dropbox, like any other organization (Apple, for example), has to abide by American laws just because it is a US based company. But this is not the point its customers should be concerned over. What they should worry about is that Dropbox used to say that it can’t access the contents of the files but now it turns out that it can…

April 28th,2011

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Date:  Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-29 03:16:23)
DEMONLORD avatardamn, sucks to be who ever uses them. thats like back stabbing some one

posted by (2011-04-29 03:44:55)
Snoop_ThuG avatarNot So Shocking .. Concerdring Nobody use theire Hosting Services!!
Thanks FoR The Article

posted by Blocked (2011-04-29 14:11:01)
Robbidutch avatari use dropbox and love it

posted by (2011-05-31 07:58:28)
WCKicksAss avatarhaha, never rea`lly heard of them. But thats messed up Dropbox

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