U.S. Senator Kamala Harris warned Tuesday that Russia will interfere in the U.S. election again this year,media CNET reported. The former Democratic presidential candidate said Russia interfered and used technology and social media to “create chaos” and undermine the integrity of the U.S. electoral system.
“When they influence our elections, they weaken the integrity of our electoral system in some ways, so their goals have been achieved,” Harris said at the LesbianS Who Tech and Allies Virtual Pride Summit summit. “They did it through technology. “
Technology companies, she says, have played a role, either intentionally or unintentionally, in attacks on the United States in other countries. When asked about Jack Dorsey’s move to ban political ads on Twitter, Harris referred to a bill she introduced that would require political ads to disclose who pays for them, which is necessary in television ads but not on social media.
“Before we can pass legislation, I would urge social media companies to make it (require disclosure) their policies,” she said.
“The evil parties will not give in,” she said. “2020 will not be spared, attacks, misleading movements, distorting reality and truth, and keeping the American people away from this election.” Harris is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which in an October report called for measures to prevent interference in this year’s election.
When it comes to data privacy, Harris says that while she never wants to suppress innovation, she wants to make sure consumer information is protected. When she was California’s attorney general, she set up the Privacy and Protection Department to ensure that the public “is informed, understood and have the tools to make decisions about their personal information and data.” “So they don’t have to be in a system that might be convenient for them, not realising what they might give up in exchange for,” she says. “
Many companies and start-ups do a good job, she says, because “they’ve come up with a way to accumulate a lot of data, and then they can process and dissect it and analyze it in a way that can be sold.” “There is still a lot of room in that place… Provide situ with information and protection around consumers’ private information and their data. This is the new gold. “
As for the role of technology companies in the current protests, she says that while the 1960s and 1970s have seen the role of some companies, “one of the differences between now and the past is that everyone has seen what certain communities have known for generations, and they can’t turn a blind eye to it as they did in previous generations.” “