FILE SHARING SERVICE Dropbox has hit back at critics of its decision to appoint former Bush administration secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.
Privacy and civil liberties groups have been calling for a boycott of the service under the banner "Drop Dropbox" ever since it announced that Ms Rice will to join the board to help negotiate its international rollout.
Dropbox has received heavy criticism for the appointment due to Ms Rice's connections with the Bush administration, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and her open support for NSA surveillance.
Responding to its critics in a blog post, Dropbox said, "There's nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure.
"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.
"Dr. Rice understands our stance on these issues and fully supports our commitments to our users."
There have already been over 1,000 responses to the blog post. One was supportive, saying, "Happy you've chosen Dr Rice! Stand your ground. Good to see company standing on principle." Another was less supportive, saying, "Okay, sure, but she's a war criminal. You're deflecting." And there was also our favourite, "No idea wtf is going on".
Many of the comments reflect decisions to stop using the Dropbox service, with a great many implying that they will move to Google Drive, which recently slashed its prices. µ