Carly Fiorina calls on Apple, Google to provide greater access for FBI

Republican candidate says public and private sector should share more information

Carly Fiorina speaks during a Fox News Channel televised debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 6, 2015.

Carly Fiorina speaks during a Fox News Channel televised debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 6, 2015.

Republican presidential candidate and former tech-executive, Carly Fiorina, has called on Apple and Google to provide greater access to information about their users to the FBI and law enforcement in order to aid investigations.

Speaking in a televised debate in Cleveland organised by Fox News Channel, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard said restrictions that prevent private companies and law enforcement from working together need to be changed.

"I certainly support that we need to tear down cyber walls, not on a mass basis but on a targeted basis," she said in response to a question from a moderator.

"I do not believe that we need to wholesale destroy every American citizen's privacy in order to go after those that we know are suspect or already a problem, but yes, there is more collaboration required between private sector companies and the public sector and specifically we know that we could have detected and repelled some of these cyber attacks if that collaboration had been permitted," she said.

Earlier this year, President Obama called for greater cooperation and collaboration between the private sector and the government. He has proposed setting up cyber threat centers in major industries that would allow companies to share information about attacks and attempted attacks to better insulate themselves. The centers would share some of the information with the government, which would act as a clearinghouse of sorts.

But there are potential legal and competitive implications to sharing such information. Currently, companies rarely disclose details of attacks unless they are required to do so by law, which means the vast majority of attacks on U.S. companies are thought to go unreported.

New laws that would allow greater sharing of such information are currently working their way through the US Congress.

Fiorina was asked by a moderator if she would call on Apple and Google "to cooperate on these investigations and let the FBI in where they need to go."

"I absolutely would call on them to collaborate and cooperate," she said.

Access by law enforcement and other government agencies to the private correspondence and online activities of millions of Americans has been hotly debated since details of secret surveillance activities were leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Criminalsecurity(no company)legalprivacycybercrime

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?