IBM's big letter about Big Brother and Big Blue

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IBM: No worries.

Feeling left out, IBM (NYSE:IBM) has finally decided to chime in on its stance regarding alleged, massive, blanket, Orwellian surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Due to fears that continued leaky drips from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden may hurt business, IBM posted an open letter about the issue on a company website.

Until the letter, IBM has been mum on the whole NSA thing, and bloggers are now parsing Big Blue's screed like a well-oiled text editor. Facing stalling revenue growth, IBM wants to nip murmurs of NSA complicity in the bud real-quick-like, before rumors take on a life of their own.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are feeling blue.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

 

John Ribeiro gets concerned about data:

[IBM] is the latest...to distance itself from NSA surveillance, which has raised concerns among customers worldwide about the safety of their data from...spying.  MORE

 

But Marina Lopes challenges that assumption:

[IBM] has not relinquished its customers' data to the U.S. government and would challenge any orders to do so, the company said in a blog post on Friday.

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The post by [IBM] is the latest backlash by a tech company against U.S. electronic surveillance practices.   MORE

 

Straight from the horse's mouth:

IBM has not provided client data to the [NSA] or any other government agency under the program known as PRISM.

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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.

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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...IBM will take appropriate steps to challenge the gag order through judicial action or other means.  MORE

 

And Richard Chirgwin still holds his own data:

While [IBM's blog post] might have been "trust us", IBM couldn't help slipping in a variation on the matter of data sovereignty.

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Since IBM hasn't ever handed over data...there's no need to try and protect data...by holding it somewhere else.  MORE

 

Meanwhile, Sam Gustin reassures everyone:

IBM's letter [is] clearly designed to reassure clients...spooked about the role of major technology companies in U.S. surveillance programs, is Big Blue’s most detailed public statement following disclosures...[by]...Edward Snowden.  MORE

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