MegaUpload successor Mega launches this weekend

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MegaUpload is no more, but Mega is reborn. And, this time, the site promises to play by the rules.

While the site appears to offer simple cloud storage for now, Mega promises in the coming weeks to release more features, including “mobile access, sync tools for all major platforms, and a mount for Windows.”

The launch of Mega comes exactly a year after the U.S. Justice Department and FBI shuttered file hosting site MegaUpload and had the company’s founder and other executives arrested in New Zealand for what the government described as "massive worldwide online piracy."

Now, founder Kim Dotcom is making a comeback, according to several news organizations, including Forbes.

The new site, Mega, which uses the slogan “The Privacy Company,” was previewed to a few dozen members of the press Friday, some of whom lauded the site for encrypting all files people upload to it so that no one other than the person doing the uploading can see what they contain. Even so, there appear to be caveats.

“Our first impression confirms that the encryption indeed works brilliantly, but those who are looking for complete anonymity might be a bit disappointed,” reports TorrentFreak.

That’s because Mega’s privacy policy says the company hangs onto personal information people use when they register on the site, as well as their IP addresses.

In addition to saying it will comply with law enforcement agencies in any jurisdiction by handing over user information when required to do so or even when Mega believes it’s necessary, Mega’s privacy policy states, “We can use any information we have about you as a customer relating to your creditworthiness and give that information to any other person for credit assessment and debt collection purposes.”

The company may simply be protecting itself, but some people might be put off by the disclosures. At the same time, anyone strictly concerned with anonymity could, of course, register on any website with fake credentials as well as use available methods to veil their IP address.

In any event, it’s worth noting that TorrentFreak says Mega is nothing like the former site.

Mega offers users 50GB of storage for free, with paid accounts starting at $9.99 a month for 500GB worth of storage and 2TB for data transfers. You can check it out this weekend when the site officially launches to the public.

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