H-P Computers Underpin Syria Surveillance

Author: Vernon Silver, Bloomberg, Published on: 18 November 2011

Hewlett-Packard equipment worth more than $500,000 has been installed in computer rooms in Syria, underpinning a surveillance system being built to monitor e-mails and Internet use, according to documents from the deal and a person familiar with the installation...The Italian company running the project [is] Area SpA...Hewlett-Packard spokeswoman Shelby Watts declined to comment specifically on Area’s surveillance system. “HP’s policy is to comply with all U.S. export control laws and regulations,” the company said in a statement. “We do not have any employees or facilities in Syria, and our sales to parties in that country have been limited to items that are consistent with U.S. law and licensing policy on telecommunications products.” [also refers to Ultimaco, Qosmos, NetApp, Sophos]

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Related companies: Area HP (Hewlett-Packard) Qosmos Utimaco