Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board amidst criticism

Popular cloud storage service Dropbox has got former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on its board of directors, BusinessWeek reported.


The main reason behind Rice’s appointment is indicated in a post by Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. Houston says, “When looking to grow our board, we sought out a leader who could help us expand our global footprint. Dr. Rice has had an illustrious career as Provost of Stanford University, board member of companies like Hewlett Packard and Charles Schwab, and former United States Secretary of State. We're honoured to be adding someone as brilliant and accomplished as Dr. Rice to our team."


Unfortunately for Dropbox the new addition has come under criticism for Rice's stance on surveillance during her time in the George W Bush administration. Popular tech and culture site Boing Boing minced no words in expressing their opinion on the site, calling Rice a "surveillance and torture fan".


Twitter was also abuzz with tweets condemning this new addition to Dropbox. One of these, from Travor Timm, executive director of Freedom of the Press Foundation, summed up the general opinion.



Recently the DMCA takedown of alleged copyright violating files by Dropbox from the personal folder of a user created a lot of uproar. It raised fears about how safe and private one's files are when stored in Dropbox. Although company issued a clarification saying this was a legal matter, the damage was already done. At a time when online privacy has become a raging issue Rice’s past reputation seems to have done little to pacify fears of Dropbox snooping on its users.


Besides Rice, Dropbox added two more executives in its ranks. As expected, Dennis Woodside is now the COO, while long-time Dropbox employee Sujay Jaswa will be the new CFO.

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