IBM Statement on Limited Technology Demonstrations

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Washington, D.C.: IBM today issued the following statement:

“In a 2014 Open Letter to our clients, IBM stated unequivocally that we respect the security and privacy of client data. IBM does not provide government access to client data or “back doors” into our technology.

That commitment remains firm.

In support of both the principles in that letter and the interests of our clients, IBM has in several countries established the capability to conduct limited demonstrations of specific aspects of our technology in highly-secure, controlled IBM environments that have no external communication links. This is done to reassure key stakeholders, including our clients, that no means exist for other parties to access IBM technology or data we manage on behalf of clients. Strict procedures are in place within these technology demonstration centers to ensure that no software source code is released, copied or altered in any way. Those are applied rigorously regardless of country.

IBM operates in full compliance with U.S. export regulations, and maintains total control of its technology during these demonstrations. These technology demonstrations are not unique to IBM. In fact, several U.S. technology companies, including Microsoft, have established similar programs in China (example).”


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