Kim Dotcom really is his name these days. He had it legally changed.
The federal government shut down his enormously profitable file-sharing business in 2011. It won’t shut down his latest version of file-sharing.
His new company, Mega, offers 100% encryption. His company can’t crack it. The U.S. government can’t crack it — not at a price it can afford, anyway.
So people can post movies, songs, or anything else on his site. You get 50 megabytes of free storage to start out.
His lawyers can now say this: “Our company will cooperate with the governments of the world. But, sorry, we have no idea what people are putting into their accounts.”
The federal government opened a gigantic can of worms when it did Hollywood’s bidding and shut him down. It made him mad. He decided to get revenge.
The federal government can track some kinds of digits. It cannot track all of them.
As people seek privacy, hackers like Dotcom will sell it to a few major players, and give it away for free to everyone else.
The days of easy tracking of data are coming to an end. People who don’t really care to defend their privacy will remain vulnerable to government intrusion. Those who decide they will no longer remain sitting ducks will not have to.
There is a new generation of haves and have-nots coming into existence: those who have privacy and those who do not.