Worried about people accessing your personal files stored on cloud storage services? The new online-storage service Mega proposes a solution — encrypt them with its software.
But Mega is an inherently controversial company. Kim Dotcom, the site’s notorious founder, had run the Megaupload peer-to-peer service before it was shut down by the U.S. government for supporting illegal copyright infringement.
Dotcom insists that his new service is legal. “Every pixel of this website has been scrutinized by lawyers,” he said during the launch event held for journalists at his New Zealand compound. By encrypting files on a user’s browser before they are uploaded to the site, Dotcom hopes to avoid a repeat of his legal troubles: He will not be able to tell whether users are illegally sharing copyrighted material.