MEGA changed terms of free 50G accounts ~ uploaders beware

IH8UALL May 19, 2016

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    First off a BIG THANKS to Remmigiosh for sharing this elsewhere
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    No doubt uploaders have seen this notice already. But anybody who isn't aware of this, it concerns all free MEGA accounts. The uploads will only stay up for 3 months if nobody (including the uploader) visits the MEGA-drive; stating inactivity by MEGA. So -if I'm right- it's important to make scheduled visits to the MEGA accounts every 2 months or so, if you do not want the uploaded files to be deleted. So advised to make note of your accounts and set reminders to visit them.

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    MEGA turns 3!

    January 20th 2016

    by: Admin

    On MEGA's 3rd anniversary we would like to thank the 35 million registered users in more than 245 countries who have uploaded more than 12 billion files protected by our user-controlled end-to-end encryption. Your comments and requests are helping us build and improve our user-encrypted platform for privacy and security.

    Today we can announce some new and enhanced products and other changes:
    • We have updated our Terms of Service to clarify some minor items.
    • Code transparency is being provided progressively. SDK code has been available since 2014 and we are now disclosing code for our web client and browser extensions.
    Updates to MEGA's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

    We haven’t updated our terms and policies since we launched in 2013, but we’ve learnt a lot from our operations and the great feedback we’ve had from our users.

    We’ve taken all of that and updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These will apply to all registered users and people who access our website from midnight 20 February 2016 (NZ time). If you do not want to use MEGA on the new terms, you need to close your account by then.

    We have made some minor corrections and clarifications and have reordered a few things more logically, but the main changes we’ve made are:



    TERMS OF SERVICE

    Changes to our terms: Previously, our Terms said that we could change them at any time and they would then immediately apply to all future use. We are now giving users 30 days’ notice of any change. Any user can therefore decide whether or not they wish to continue using E on the new terms before they apply.

    Users who are on a subscription plan that expires after the 30 day period, can terminate during the 30 days period and get a refund of their unexpired subscription.

    Termination of free accounts for inactivity or failure to respond: MEGA provides one of the most generous free accounts around – 50 GB of user encrypted storage – for free! However, some users have become inactive and we are unable to contact them. We also need to make sure that we can contact all our users should we need to issue any notices. We’ve therefore instituted an option for MEGA to terminate inactive accounts or non-responsive accounts after 3 months. Rest assured, MEGA does not want to lose legitimate customers, so you will receive ample notice before we do this. It’s an important reason though to make sure the email address in your account details is up to date now and is kept up to date, otherwise you won’t get that notice. You can update your contact and login email address at https://mega.nz/#fm/account/profile.

    Exclusions, disclaimers and indemnities: These have not really changed but we’ve highlighted them to remind everyone that they apply. MEGA is a cloud service so we can’t guarantee every aspect of the service. Users need to know that if they let someone else access their files, they are responsible and liable to us if that other person does something illegal with the file or is not meant to have access to it (which might infringe someone else’s copyright, for example).

    MEGA affiliates: MEGA has grown exponentially in those 3 years. We now have over 35 million users. To provide the level of service and speed our users have come to expect, means we now have affiliated and related companies and resellers that provide some parts of our services from countries such as New Zealand, Luxembourg and Spain. MEGA has the advantage of being set up in New Zealand, which is one of the few countries formally recognised by the European Union as having adequate protections for personal information transfer.

    We have therefore made it clear that data, including personal data, may be shared amongst these MEGA affiliates, related companies and authorised resellers but only for the purpose of providing the MEGA service.

    Takedown Guidance and law enforcement: We have previously issued guidance on how we deal with law enforcement and third party requests for access to user data and takedown of allegedly infringing material. This policy has not changed but we have referenced it in our terms and privacy policy so it is easier to find.

    Copyright counter-notices: New Zealand legislation does not currently have a formal DMCA style counter-notice process and since MEGA is not subject to US jurisdiction, the DMCA does not apply. However, we think having a counter-notice process is fair, so, on a voluntary basis, we have refreshed the policy we had before to make it clearer. We get a very small number of takedown notices as a proportion of the billions of files that we hold and have had only a limited number of disputes about takedown notices, but the counter-notice process is there if a user needs it.

    Dispute Resolution: MEGA operates under New Zealand law and exclusive New Zealand jurisdiction. Any dispute between us and a user is therefore dealt with by arbitration in New Zealand under New Zealand law. However, to make it fairer for all users, the majority of whom are not based in New Zealand, MEGA will cover the cost of arbitration unless the dispute is frivolous or vexatious and users and witnesses may participate in the arbitration by video conference at MEGA’s cost.



    PRIVACY POLICY

    Clearer explanation of what information we hold: Apart from the changes referred to above relating to sharing of data between affiliates, related companies and resellers and relating to the Takedown Guidance Policy, the main change we’ve made to the Privacy Policy is to spell out more clearly the information that we hold when users use our services.

    Advertising: We’ve also made it clearer that MEGA may use third parties to serve ads, with the usual ability of those advertisers to collect information, but not your private encrypted information! We don’t do this to any extent at all at the moment, but we may do in the future.

    Those are the main changes. We encourage each user however to read the new Terms and Privacy Policy carefully. As noted above, use of any of our services after midnight on 20 February 2016 (NZ time) will mean that you have agreed to the new terms. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at support@mega.nz .



    CODE TRANSPARENCY

    MEGA supports the safety and security of users, companies and governments by providing tools, technologies and services with the integrity and security of user-controlled encryption. To provide full assurance of that integrity, we will disclose the core code that operates the encryption. We welcome the review of security researchers to confirm that there are no backdoors in the MEGA systems and that the cryptographic processes are appropriate and reliable.

    SDK code has been posted on GitHub since 2014. Today we are posting our web client code, Firefox and Chrome extension code and the mpENC code for multiparty encryption which is proposed for future implementation for group chat. Please send comments to crypto@mega.nz

    In the future, we will release core code for other MEGA services.
    to sum it up, this is handy for ppl with a lot of MEGA accounts and don't wish to let MEGA delete the contents of inactive accounts.

    1. Download the portable (see post up), and run it from any folder:

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    2. Go to Configuration > Accounts and enter all our accounts. Don't forget to press Save at the end (it will save it all encrypted so don't worry about that):

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    3. Once done, go to Options > Account Summary and it will log in to all your MEGA accounts and calculate the used space:

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    This last step should be done every 3 months or so. Easy peasy, one minute of your time. Beats typing all accounts in manually every time.​
    MEGA Uploader: [site] - [latest installer] - [portable executable] - password: remmigiosh@modnetwork.org​
    (the portable version is just the executable which MegaUploader_v1.1.exe would install; it can be run as portable)​
    ALL CREDITS GO TO Remmigiosh
     
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