IBM: We’ve Never Given Client Data to the NSA

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In an open letter to clients published Friday, International Business Machine Corp. (NYSE:IBM) denies complying with National Security Administration, saying it hasn’t provided the government agency with any client data and would challenge any order by the government do so, according to a Reuters report.

IBM has also said that it hasn’t put any “backdoors” in any of its websites or products, which would allow the government access to client data.

The news follows a similar blog post published last week in which Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg issued a similar statement condemning NSA practices. He wrote that, “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”

The IBM statement, which was issued by Robert Weber, the company’s senior vice president in charge of legal and regulatory affairs, claims that, “IBM hasn’t provided client data to the NSA or any other government agency under any surveillance program involving bulk collection of content or metadata.” He added, “If the U.S. government were to serve a national security order on IBM to obtain data from an enterprise client and impose a gag order that prohibits IBM from notifying that client, IBM will take appropriate steps to challenge the gag order through judicial action or other means,” per Reuters.

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