Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has joined the board of Dropbox, the free online file storage service.
Since leaving Washington, Rice has been working with the tech industry. She joined forces with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense, and Stephen Hadley, the former White House security advisor, to create RiceHadleyGates in 2012. It’s a consulting firm that helps companies when they want to expand into international markets.
Rice has been advising Dropbox on management issues for the last year. Now, as a member of the board, she will consult them on international expansion and issues of privacy.
Rice said of her new position with Dropbox, “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.”
Dropbox has been plagued with concerns over how the privacy of their 275 million users will be protected. She is uniquely qualified to advise them on the privacy issues considering that she was part of the administration that implemented wiretapping and surveillance programs.