TSMC has responded to U.S. chip data request while protecting customer confidentiality

Asian Tech Press (Nov 08) -- Taiwan's TSMC said Sunday that it has responded to a request from the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide supply chain information to help address the global chip shortage while ensuring that no customer-specific data is disclosed in the submission. A TSMC spokesperson said the company will remain committed to protecting the confidentiality of customer information.

In September, the U.S. Department of Commerce asked companies in the semiconductor supply chain to fill out a questionnaire by Nov. 8 seeking information related to the ongoing chip supply shortage. Although the request is voluntary, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo warned that if these companies do not respond, the White House may invoke the Defense Production Act or other tools to force them to act. In the questionnaire, chipmakers were asked to provide information on inventory, backlogs, lead times, procurement practices and what they are doing to increase production. The U.S. Commerce Department also requested information on the three largest customers for each product.

Earlier Sunday, South Korea's Ministry of Finance confirmed that the country's technology companies will "partially comply" with the U.S. Department of Commerce's request to provide information on chip inventories and sales information, such as semiconductor business data.
South Korea's Ministry of Finance said South Korean companies are preparing to "voluntarily submit" relevant information, adding that the South Korean technology giant has been negotiating with the United States on the scope of data submission. However, the agency did not provide details.

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