IBM have joined the ranks of companies like Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Google and Facebook, when they informed the press that they had not and have not ever colluded with the American or British government in the supply of specialized backdoors into any of the equipment they manufacture for consumers and IT professionals alike.
Senior VP of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Robert Weber has taken to the company’s official blog to refute claims that he or Big Blue were ever involved in providing special treatment to either nation-states and democratic monarchies who asked for permission into people’s machines extra nicely.
“IBM is fundamentally an enterprise company, meaning our customers are typically other companies and organizations rather than individual consumers. We serve some of the world’s most successful global corporations, helping them achieve their business goals. IBM has not provided client data to the National Security Agency (NSA) or any other government agency under the program known as PRISM.”
Reber categorically dismissed any cooperation on IBM’s part in programs like PRISM, and has never cooperated with any FISA requests that showed up on their doorstep in the past ten years.
He also emphasized that there were no “secret backdoors” that only the NSA would know about built into any of the equipment they sell, and was adamant that it is not the role of the US government, or any country for that matter, to make these types of demands on private companies who happen to operate on the same soil by coincidence.
“In general, if a government wants access to data held by IBM on behalf of an enterprise client, we would expect that government to deal directly with that client,” the company 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.”