Dropbox is in trouble. We are still trying to figure out what made Dropbox, a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, take Condoleezza Rice on as a board member but there is a large number of people who don’t care – they just want out.
Protesters are threatening to ditch Dropbox from their life completely ever since it became public that former Secretary of State was coming on board.
However, amazingly, the announcement didn’t come with any fanfare. In fact, there was no mention of it during the recent public announcements of new features and new apps. Rather the fact that former Secretary of State had joined Dropbox came in the form of a quiet blog entry.
“We're proud to welcome Dr. Condoleezza Rice to our Board of Directors. 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 honored to be adding someone as brilliant and accomplished as Dr. Rice to our team,” they said.
As for Dr. Rice, she said “As a country, we are having a great national conversation and debate about exactly how to manage privacy concerns. I look forward to helping Dropbox navigate it."
Before you could blink an eye, there was a Drop Dropbox protest page up and running and forums like Twitter and Reddit were a-buzz with an indignant revolt.
The appointment of Rice, a woman with the Iraq War, warrantless wiretaps and extremely pro-surveillance political stance to her credit; has created a frenzy that is not really illogical. There are valid concerns pertaining to the data of Dropbox’s 275 million users and the privacy and security of it.
It doesn't help that Edward Snowden revealed that Dropbox was also listed as "Coming soon" in the explosive PRISM surveillance documents.
Here’s just a peak (no pun intended) at the online grumble against the appointment:
Now that Condoleezza Rice has access to the Dropbox database maybe she can find evidence of the famous weapons of mass destruction.— Laurent Sansonetti (@lrz) April 10, 2014
Rice doesn't deserve to be able to influence how our data is stored and shared. Might be time to #DropDropbox— Michael Buckner (@Mike_Buckner) April 11, 2014
Time to #DropDropbox as they welcome Condi Rice to their board. For starting wars, sure, she's tops. But do you trust her with your data?— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) April 11, 2014