MediaFire claims they keep no logs of who downloads or accesses your folders. Is this legal and if it's not true, could they get into any legal trouble from it?

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  • The first image is there support answering my question on whether they keep logs of downloads, etc

  • The second image is there data retention policy

  • Finally, the company is based in Texas, I'm not familiar with the local laws there

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In the US, it is legal not to log (the NSA will do it anyway).

One possible reason that logging could be made required by law is to assist in tracking copyright violators. But I am not aware of any US regulators proactively enforcing such logging policy on file sharing service providers (such regulators do exist in some other countries though).

However, a claim by a file sharing service provider that it does not log, that is not on its website but just made in response to a query sounds like blatant BS. The logging of HTTP requests (which include the IP and web browser name/version) is normally done by default out of the box; the service provider would need to put efforts to turn this logging off. Although they could genuinely do this to make their service more attractive (think of VPN providers having logging turned off), this would indirectly position them as friendly to copyright infringement, which could make them a liable party should serious violation occur (Megaupload was a good example). Therefore, there are good reasons to:

  1. Tell some curious prospective customers that there is no logging;
  2. Keep logging.
  • My question is do they log IP addresses so that they know who saw this or downloaded that. They claim to delete logs after 3 hours and then after 72 hours its deleted from there memory cache. Also, the site is https and logging who saw the site with google analytics is a no brainer. However, do they connect their logs of IP addresses to exact https links or files someone views?
    – NRSJ
    Feb 27, 2019 at 0:57
  • they also claim to use 3rd party analytics such as google analytics
    – NRSJ
    Feb 27, 2019 at 0:58
  • @NRSJ The question of what they actually do is off-topic here, let alone not answerable by anyone but them. Noone here can/would tell you if they are actually telling the truth.
    – Greendrake
    Feb 27, 2019 at 0:59
  • ok then, then what do you mean by the NSA would anyway, do they log every website in the universe or something SMH. Also thank you for the answer
    – NRSJ
    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:01
  • AND it wasn't just a query response,it was on there website also. mediafire.com/policies/data_retention.php
    – NRSJ
    Feb 27, 2019 at 1:05

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