Kim Dotcom has posted a teaser about the future services that his file-sharing venture, MEGA, will be offering. Says the Internet entrepreneur: “In the coming years #Mega plans to expand from secure cloud storage to secure email, chat & voice, video and ‘mobile’” (emphasis his).
The announcement follows a series of rants about privacy, where Dotcom launched tirades against servers and e-mail providers that are based in the United States. In particular, he cautions the public not to use such services “because the US govt says if you do they can extradite you.” He cites Gmail, iCloud, and Skype, among others, which he maintains “have to provide (by law) secret & untraceable NSA backdoors to all your data.”
Conversely, he lauds New Zealand, which he believes to be “protecting the privacy of users 100%. A safe haven for companies competing with insecure US providers.” Dotcom currently resides in said country, and would most likely host the new services there.
He continues: “Current hostile US Internet policies are a huge opportunity for non-US companies to take significant market share from US service providers.” Later, he calls the MEGA file-sharing service “”The Privacy Company,” expressing his commitment for the advocacy of online privacy.
Netizens are divided on Dotcom’s announcement. Some have shown their enthusiasm for the upcoming services as well as their general support for the entrepreneur. Meanwhile, others appear afraid to trust Dotcom with the handling of their data.
It would be recalled that in 2012, Dotcom’s file-sharing service, Megaupload, was shut down by the United States government. Exactly a year later, Dotcom opened MEGA, a file-hosting service that entitles registered users to 50GB of storage space for free—a large amount, as compared to the 7GB offered by Microsoft Skydrive, the 5GB provided by Apple iCloud and Google Drive, and the 2GB available on Dropbox. Those who are willing to pay for the service, however, can choose among 500GB of storage, which costs $13.29 per month; 2TB, which is priced at $26.59 per month; or 4TB, which sells for $39.90 per month.
Are you interested in any of the new services to be offered by MEGA?