Taiwan’s TSMC, after U.S. request, says it won’t leak sensitive info

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TAIPEI, Oct 7 (Businesshala) – Taiwan chipmaker TSMC (2330.TW) will not leak any sensitive company information as part of a White House request for details of the ongoing semiconductor crisis, which has cut US auto production. has been forced, said the general counsel of the company.

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The White House requested automakers, chip companies and others last month.

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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said that a voluntary request for information within 45 days on the chips crisis will promote supply chain transparency and that if companies do not respond to the voluntary request “we have other tools in our tool box for which they need to be.” We are required to provide the data.”.

The issue has raised concerns in Taiwan that companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker and a major Apple Inc. (AAPL.O) supplier, will have to hand over sensitive data.

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“Don’t worry. We certainly won’t be leaking sensitive information about our company, especially those related to customers,” TSMC General Counsel Sylvia Fang said in remarks made available by the company on Wednesday.

“Customer trust is one of the key elements of our company’s success,” she said.

“If it’s to solve supply chain issues, we’ll see how best we can to help them. We’ve done a lot of things. For the auto chips part, we’ve tried to increase output and auto Have tried to give a certain priority to the chips. Degree.”

TSMC and the Taiwanese government have repeatedly stated that they are doing everything possible to address the chip shortage.

Fang said they were still in the process of assessing the contents of questionnaires sent out by the United States to companies to fill out.

The US government “detected that several companies have questions so they are preparing an FAQ, which will be released soon. We look forward to that as well and see if the FAQ can answer the questions.” can help”.

Taiwan’s government has said they respect US commercial law and regulations but will help Taiwanese companies if they receive any “unreasonable requests”.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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