As new information comes out on the Bush Administration’s torture program and people are more concerned about their internet privacy in the post-Snowden environment, Dropbox, a company that seeks to access user data for profit, has decided to put fmr Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on their board. Needless to say it is not inspiring confidence.
Actually it is causing outrage as a “Drop Dropbox” movement has started with the pledge to not use the data product as long as Rice is on the board. The move by the company to appoint Rice has some worried that the company may not be ethically handling user information.
Campaign Drop Dropbox is calling on the company’s founder and CEO Drew Houston to drop Rice from the board due to her involvement with the Iraq War and affirming the legality of torture methods against captured suspects and her authorisation of wiretap surveillance programmes.
“Choosing Condoleezza Rice for Dropbox’s Board is problematic on a number of deeper levels, and invites serious concerns about Drew Houston and the senior leadership at Dropbox’s commitment to freedom, openness, and ethics,” the campaigns website reads.
Those who use Dropbox, especially it’s new product Carousel, are turning over massive amounts of their personal data to the company with no real guarantee but the company’s good will and reputation – something now in question with this appointment.
The appointment of Rice to the board was reportedly to help “the brand.” So what does Dropbox want its brand to represent?
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