Lawyer letters are written to say whatever you want to read into them
A while back a senior executive once asked me if I had ever had legal training. I said no, but I know how to use the English language.
His question came about because I had written a report that had split the board members who read the report - they couldn't agree precisely what the conclusions were.
Lawyers, too, are trained to write truthful lies, which can be read either way.
To my eye, this statement reeks of avoidance - somewhat clumsily - and as a result anyone dissecting it will come up with a different conclusion.
IBM should have simply said that it complies with all laws on privacy and disclosure in all the jurisdictions where it operates and they are prevented it from giving a more forthright response.
End of question.