Controversy over the transfer of Dropbox data to third parties

Harvard BusinessReview, a publication belonging to Harvard University, published on July 24 a detailed study showing the effectiveness of the groups when working in a coordinated manner. One of the cases studied was that of the tool to upload files to the Dropbox cloud. The problem is that, according to the study, the firm would have given the data on behalf of its users for the elaboration of the work.

"Dropbox has given us access to project folders" You can still read in the studio, a phrase that has unleashed a whole storm at the worst moment, when users are still reposing from the shaking of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. But are our data really safe in the cloud? According to the study, the data of thousands of users had been transferred without their express consent to the investigators. From Dropbox, however, and through a blog entry, the company speaks of "factual errors" in the information published by Harvard Business Review and explains that the data is anonymous and there is no way to relate them to the user.

However, the signature of the popular cloud service has initiated a parallel fire unwittingly by ensuring that they have designed the studio "so that it fits into our privacy policy, which allows Dropbox and trusted third parties to share the Activity ". In the company's privacy policy that mentions "external vendors working for and with Dropbox". In some way, the user, when discharged, accepts that this information can be accessed by third parties, although as they assure from the service, before it is made anonymous.

The question that now haunts the most concerned about the privacy of data is focused on the process of anonymisation the data that the company mentions, but also the tacit or express permission of the study participants. Did you know your data was going to be shared? The company has not, for the moment, been given a clear and blunt answer. At the moment, the authors of the study have modified it by adding a line explaining that the data were converted into anonymous by Dropbox before being ceded.