The new policy, which goes into effect March 24,
acknowledges that Dropbox might share user data with outsiders to
comply with the law, "if we determine that such disclosure is reasonably
necessary." An email to users immediately adds that the company will
follow its own Government Request Principles, guidance that obliquely antagonizes the National Security Agency and includes fighting requests for bulk data.
"Government data requests should be limited to specific people and
investigations," the principles state. "We’ll resist requests directed
to large groups of people or that seek information unrelated to a
Would the federal teleworker cohort also be protected? A mobile worker toolkit guide
distributed by the General Services Administration suggests that
teleworkers consider using Dropbox as "basic mobility equipment."
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