Tucked away near the end of a Businessweek article on the startup
is news of Rice taking a fourth seat on the board:
The former secretary of state’s consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates,
has been advising the startup on management issues for the last
year. Now she’ll help the company think about such matters as
international expansion and privacy, an issue that dogs every
cloud company in the age of Edward Snowden and the NSA.
You know, privacy and the NSA. The same NSA that, as Ars Technica
points out, Rice herself authorized to wiretap UN officials and
other domestic targets without warrants. She definitely seems like
the right person to help craft Dropbox’s privacy policies.
Strikes me as an oddly tone-deaf move for Dropbox, in the post-Snowden world. Is not warrantless government eavesdropping the single biggest concern people have regarding Dropbox?