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5/15/2014
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Cisco CEO: U.S. Should Reform Surveillance Rules

Cisco CEO John Chambers says his company does not enable NSA spying, and that the U.S. government must establish proper policies.
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Photo from Glenn Greenwald's book that allegedly shows NSA representatives intercepting and altering Cisco equipment on its way to customers.
Photo from Glenn Greenwald's book that allegedly shows NSA representatives intercepting and altering Cisco equipment on its way to customers.

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StevenJ13
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5/19/2014 | 9:45:09 AM
Re: Nice sentiment but...
I don't think Cisco has it as bad as the others.  Workday came out recently and basically said everything must be done to stop this.  Germany changed their IT procurements and wont award some contracts if companies can be compelled to turn over data. We mostly think of the companies in the slides but negative feelings about all US internet companies exist.  

One interesting thing the tech industry did last week was set up their own Super PAC.  I would not be the least bit suprised if we see them spend unlimited amounts of money on someone who will kill this thing.

One thing is for sure - this is not good for US business.  

 

 
SachinEE
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5/16/2014 | 1:58:36 PM
Re : Cisco CEO: U.S. Should Reform Surveillance Rules
This article raises another important question when it comes to the shipment of technology products from the United States. From a customer's perspective, I would expect that the company from which am buying the products takes it upon them to monitor all the stages of the shipment of the said products until they get to me. Granted, the government may have more power than other agencies but still, if they can interfere with the products while on their way to me how sure can I be that other entities too may not try, or be able, to do the same?
SachinEE
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5/16/2014 | 1:55:40 PM
Re: Nice sentiment but...
@Thomas, good point there. Cisco, and any other manufacturers of technology products within the United States for that matter, is practically toothless when it comes to stopping the government from leveraging its products for use in intelligence gathering. The laws regarding such activities are vague at best and even though the company's policies may explicitly renounce such measures, they really don't have any recourse other than comply when the government says otherwise.
Drew Conry-Murray
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5/16/2014 | 11:41:47 AM
Re: Nice sentiment but...
Or maybe sue the government? Probably not as long as it keeps beating Wall Street expectations.

I'm really curious whether the company did know, but is legally barred from saying so.
Thomas Claburn
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5/15/2014 | 5:53:17 PM
Nice sentiment but...
...will Cisco do anything serious like refuse to sell to the US government? Somehow I doubt it.
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