If you don’t know Dropbox you should. Its a wonderful service for sharing files between multiple people and machines. Its like magic, frankly. Most Web developers and designers I know use it. Why FTP when you can Dropbox? It spans native and the cloud beautifully- so a folder on your desktop is perfectly synchronised with a cloud back end. A few years back I coined the term Synchronised Web – because sync is so crucial in a world where we use multiple services and clients. Dropbox delivers it.
Anyway this morning came news Dropbox had changed its terms of service, making it clear that it would comply with US government requests for information, without requiring a warrant.
I would prefer Dropbox required a warrant but I understand business pressure, certainly in the Wikileaks world.
Anyway, I was quoted extensively in CloudPro magazine on the issue, and this is what I said:
While neither a surprise, nor unusual, it is still disappointing. To be frank Dropbox has little choice, given I understand it runs on Amazon Web Services, which would give up the data if asked anyway. Most US web companies would rather comply than argue with the Feds. When Amazon turned off wikileaks the issue got a lot of attention. Twitter has been a good citizen in this regard- at least it asks for subpoenas, and it seems dropbox is following them. I do believe there is a disconnect in terms of promising security…