“Who’s ever heard of this information being misused by the government? In what way? … It’s essential if we want to minimize the kind of strikes that we just had in Boston.”
— Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO, in an interview with Charlie Rose, says the recently exposed mass surveillance by the NSA is “great,” and necessary. “This whole issue of privacy is utterly fascinating to me,” he said, pointing out that companies such as American Express and Visa have been collecting our information and financial data for quite some time. Ellison said government spying would be alarming only “if we stop looking for terrorists and started looking for other people on the other side of the (political) aisle.” Rose notes at the beginning of the interview that Oracle databases are used by financial companies — as well as the National Security Agency.
As Pat May wrote for SiliconBeat, Ellison also talked about his best friend, the late Steve Jobs. Additionally, Ellison addressed his company’s legal fight with Google over Android and Java, saying he has trouble with CEO Larry Page “specifically” and that Google “took our stuff.”
Photo of Larry Ellison from Mercury News archives