Let's say you own a large hotel (or a shopping mall or any other legal business with lots of customers leasing space). The feds determine that one of your customers is using a room to sell pirated DVDs (or to commit mail fraud or any one of thousands of possible federal criminal offenses).
So the feds seize and shut down your hotel without any due process or even prior notice. They won't tell you why they seized your hotel, just that you are now out of business.
A few days or weeks later, the feds give you back your hotel and say, "Never mind." Still no reason given for the seizure or compensation for all of the business that you lost (and will continue to lose now that most of your customers are afraid to come back).
Still sound like it was a mere inconvenience and not a violation of any rights?
Actually - now Im starting to think of this differently - especially with regard to this service.
The real sucky part here - is all the volumes of data that isn’t relevant to their investigation that they now probably posses. Suddenly any guy in the world, who used this service, might have his data mixed up in an investigation.
The violation to the owners of the service (and I guess the paying patrons as well) is clear - but the user data that is caught up in this not as obvious. People may have filled out a form the relied on the service - and would never know. I would bet there are website owners who had webmasters that deployed the service on their site - and dont know it.
Curious if the forms, once in use, carry any trademark or link back to the service? At least a clue to the user that they’re using a third party service?