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IBM: We'll Stand Up To NSA

IBM denies sharing customer information with U.S. government, asserts it would challenge any data demands through "judicial action or other means."

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Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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3/18/2014 | 1:14:00 PM
Re: If you don't buy our servers, we won't buy yours.
It's a lot easier for IBM to take this stance since it's unloaded its hardware businesses to Lenovo.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/18/2014 | 11:47:16 AM
What we really need to hear...
... is that if you are given secret orders to violate the Constitutional and due-process rights of your customers, you will have the balls to tell NSA to 'booger off' and send out a mass e-mail to Congress, major news organizations, your customers and everybody in your contact list, titled "I totally didn't mean to send this. Yikes!"

What IBM is saying is, essentially "If we find ourselves in a position where we are forced to fight a losing legalistic battle against secret actors in secret settings, we will totally operate by their rules and suffer their legalistic wranglings in order to do everything in our power, which is nothing."

Well, big corporation people who spend billions a year worrying about security... I guess that money will be well spent. Don't you feel 'secure'?
User Rank: Ninja
3/18/2014 | 10:44:40 AM
Re: If you don't buy our servers, we won't buy yours.
That's a lot better than we have here in the UK. Here PM David Cameron has told us all how much he likes Huawei's filtering system in China and would like something similar here. 

Still, it's interesting how IBM has pitched itself as not the owner of customer data, that way it and they are protected. But it is surprising, since that data, while volatile, would be potentially very valuable. 
User Rank: Ninja
3/18/2014 | 1:52:41 AM
Re: If you don't buy our servers, we won't buy yours.
As the number of players increase, it causes the dynamics to increase. IBM is right in its stance to want to protect customer's data. It's their whole business model and not just from unauthorized government access but access to customer's data from customer's competitors as well. Each player has their own valid argument relatively, but at the end of the day it seems like issues relating to tariff and non-tariff barriers.
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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3/17/2014 | 6:06:55 PM
If you don't buy our servers, we won't buy yours.
The other reason the Center for Strategic Studies suspects U.S. manufacturers are being punished by the Chinese is Washington's refusal to buy goods from China's Huawei Technologies. The U.S. government says this telecommunications equipment maker is a threat to national security because of its links to the Chinese military. The fear is you'll buy a Huawei server and introduce a secret gateway to snooping from foreign shores. What a fine mess we're all in due to these rampant "dark digital arts."
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