Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields has come out in favor of consumer privacy in the ongoing debate surrounding tech companies and the possibility that they might access and share sensitive consumer data.
The debate has been given fresh fodder of late by a case involving Apple, in which the FBI petitioned the company to help hack into an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernadino shooters.
“We’re watching the [Apple] situation closely,” the Ford CEO told USA Today. “Our view as a company is we take the security and privacy of our customer data when they share it with us very carefully. Customers… own their data. We want to be trusting stewards for that data and we’re committed to protecting it.”
Ford CEO Mark Fields stopped short of supporting one side over the other in this particular case. After Mr. Fields’ comments were published, Ford Spokesperson Christin Baker clarified: “We don’t have enough facts to have a position.”
Ford Motor Company’s views on the matter might be seen as important, given the increasingly large role that data and mobile technology have been given by the Ford “Smart Mobility” plan. Fields’ statements align with the view held by a majority of key tech industry players, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who expressed sympathy for Apple’s position.