Federal prosecutors said that data from users of Megaupload could be obliterated as soon as Thursday, February 2nd, but now it looks like the data has been temporarily escorted away from the chopping block: CNET reports that hosting firms Cogent Communications and Carpathia Hosting have agreed to hold onto the data for a minimum of two weeks, according to Megaupload's attorney, Ira Rothken. He says that "the hosting companies have been gracious enough to provide additional time so we can work out some kind of arrangement with the government." Federal officials announced late last week that they were done looking at Megaupload's data, and with the company's assets frozen, it's been unable to pay its hosting bills.

Rothken said that he hopes to use Megaupload's user data for the company's defense, and that "the United States, as well as Megaupload, should have a common desire to protect consumers." While judgement on the accusations against Megaupload's executives is pending, the issue with Megaupload's customer data is quite imminent: in any event, it's a striking example of modern data storage concerns across corporate and international boundaries.