Current presidential aspirant and former CEO of HP, Carly Fiorina, thinks Google and Apple should submit user information to the FBI.
During the Republican Party’s Thursday presidential debates, Fiorina said organizations should cooperate with the FBI’s requests to provide end user information.
Addressing the debate moderator, Fiorina said, "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 are – are already a problem."
"But yes, there is more collaboration required between private sector companies and the public sector," she added.
When asked particularly if Google and Apple should provide the government investigators with an unregulated way into their systems, Fiorina said that she would absolutely ask them to cooperate and collaborate.
Google and Apple have have both drawn the ire of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, opposing attempts to decrypt and submit private user information.
Government departments hold that the free access to personal data is fundamental for the investigations of national security. Privacy advocates, on the other hand, think that the government investigators are violating civil rights and accessing more information than necessary.
Siding with the feds, Fiorina said that latest cyber attacks on governmental departments from hackers sponsored by the states could have been curtailed if the private organizations acted in a more accommodating manner.
Fiorina argued that some of the attacks could have been discovered and prevented if the collaboration and cooperation could have been accepted.
Analysts evaluating the debate ranked Fiorina among the winners in the event. However, Fiorina who is not considered an easy winner of the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, was not one of the 10 aspirants selected to participate in the major debate, but was instead chosen to take part in the “undercard” event.
The former chief executive who managed the HP’s disastrous merger with Compaq in 2001 was dismissed from the prestigious position in 2005 and has since ventured into a political career. She ran fruitlessly for a senate position in California in 2010.