Brent Bucci, VP, talks about mass surveillance and how the news has impacted the industry
The world found out about the NSA’s mass surveillance practices a year ago and more and more information has been revealed ever since, exposing an apparatus that does not care about people’s privacy, whether they live in America or anywhere else in the world.MediaFire, one of the leading cloud storage companies out there, has been in the front line of attack against the NSA, joining campaigns seeking to urge the US government to limit the intelligence agency’s reach and to put a stop to the bulk data collection, both online and via telephone.
Talking to Softpedia about the NSA, mass surveillance, and the efforts to make a change in the world by protecting people from online spying is Brent Bucci, MediaFire vice president.
Softpedia: It’s been nearly a year since the NSA leaks made it into the media. How has the tech industry changed in the elapsed time due to the revelations regarding the mass surveillance programs created by the NSA?
Brent Bucci: Since the NSA revelations were made public, we have seen a dramatic increase in demand for secure and alternative cloud storage solutions, as well as a major backlash against companies that were complicit in controversial NSA programs. At the end of the day, consumer concerns over data privacy will determine the future policies and direction of the industry at large.
The cloud storage business is now being looked at with doubt by users because of the mass surveillance apparatus. Has MediaFire felt any of this hostility?
While the NSA revelations may have raised concerns for users, the fact is cloud storage and virtualization technologies are here to stay, and are more popular than ever, thanks to the tremendous growth in smartphone adoption worldwide.
At MediaFire we’ve looked to provide leadership to the industry through working with organizations and movements such as “Stop Watching US,” “Reset the Net” as well as other independent lobbying efforts.
I think that as an independent industry leader in the cloud storage business, MediaFire has an important role to play in providing a safe, secure, and affordable alternative to many of the other cloud storage solutions that have been implicated and even complicit in many of the NSA’s controversial programs.