Last year, computing giant HP was linked, albeit tenuously, with the Syrian government. In one of many reports, take Bloomberg for instance, HP was linked to Italian company Area SpA which bought HP technology from resellers in the area, according to documents seen by the news agency and through sources familiar with the matter. The so-called “surveillance project” would use HP technology to “track citizens’ communications, and route data,” out of a Damascus monitoring center. In the midst of the calming down of the Arab Spring and the subsequent uprising in the rest of the oppressive states in the Middle East, the connection to the regime was damaging to the company. It turns out the reports weren’t completely true, but they weren’t entirely wrong. In a letter sent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), HP associate general counsel David Ritenour said that Area SpA, which was accused of selling the technology in the country, was “required under the terms of its contract with HP to comply with all applicable export laws,” and, “specifically prohibited from selling HP’s products into embargoed or sanctioned countries.” The company also denied that Area SpA procured the Syria-bound technology from HP directly, “but instead procured those… Read full this story
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