Oracle has announced that it has put Leon Panetta on its board of directors. Who is this and why is it significant, you ask? Well, Panett has served as both the Secretary of Defense and CIA director under President Obama which, for any of you out there who are worried about your online privacy and government surveillance, should raise some concerns.
Leon Panetta, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director under President Obama, is now an Oracle director. Panetta served as defense secretary from 2011 to 2013 and led the CIA from 2009 to 2011. Panetta also served in the Clinton administration as chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget. And he was a congressman to California’s 16th district from 1977 to 1993. The man obviously has connections. The appointment of a former CIA chief may raise eyebrows among the data privacy advocates who squealed at Oracle’ s decision to purchase data aggregator Datalogix.