What Condoleeza Rice’s Appointment to Dropbox Board Could Mean

In case you aren’t up to speed on the happenings of last weekend, former U.S Secretary of State under the Bush administration Condoleeza Rice was appointed to the board of the cloud-hosting company Dropbox.

Ever since the new broke there has been plenty of arguments and speculation from around the Internet about what her appointment could mean for the $450 million storage start-up.

Although it seems like this could be a move in the wrong direction for a company that’s trusted with consumer cloud data, several users have raised interesting points about what it might signal for a company that was clearly against the NSA spying policies ever since their name popped up on the PRISM slides back in July.


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Condoleeza Rice was an integral part of the administration that made their whole system of surveillance possible in the first place, and has an intimate, firsthand knowledge of how the machine works.

Dropbox has since taken to their blog to back up their decision to bring Condoleeza on to the team, and how it affects the company’s views on the privacy of users and their data.

“There’s nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure. It’s why we’ve been fighting for transparency and government surveillance reform, and why we’ve been vocal and public with our principles and values. We should have been clearer that none of this is going to change with Dr. Rice’s appointment to our board. Our commitment to your rights and your privacy is at the heart of every decision we make, and this will continue.”

In contrast to the outcry claiming mutiny for the management position, some analysts have reason to suspect that Mrs. Rice’s government background and NSA relationship make her a perfect fit for a company that is intent on protecting their servers from penetration in the future.