The U.S. Vice President and the French leader expressed their readiness to be partners in ensuring security in cyberspace.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris discussed with French Leader Emmanuel Macron issues related to ensuring security in cyberspace, as well as protecting the electoral process from hacker attacks. She said this on Friday at a press conference following the talks.

Harris said that she discussed with Macron “the problems that people and countries face in connection with the development of technology.” She pointed to “hackers hacking systems with the help of ransomware viruses, <…> daily violation of privacy, manipulation and monetization of other people’s data and personal information.” The Vice President and the French leader expressed their readiness to be partners in ensuring security in cyberspace.

According to Harris, the electoral process was also discussed at the talks. The interlocutors expressed “mutual concern about how technology can be used to weaken democracy, <…> and how it is used, in particular, to manipulate elections.” “We talked about what we should do together as partners to solve this problem, both in terms of norms and standards, and in terms of accountability,” the Vice President added.