German Software Developer SAP Fined $8m Over Iran Exports

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that German software company SAP would be fined exceeding $8 million over its exports to Iran which would exempt them from criminal prosecution.

Because SAP voluntarily disclosed its export violations to US authorities, the company will not face harsher penalties as part of a cooperation deal.

“SAP will suffer the penalties for its violations of the Iran sanctions, but these would have been far worse had they not disclosed, cooperated, and remediated.  We hope that other businesses, software or otherwise, we heed this lesson,” said  Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

According to Special Agent in Charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta for the FBI’s Boston Division, SAP was supplying Iran with millions worth of illegally exported software and services which bypassed existing economic sanctions against Iran.

SAP also reportedly failed to identify and block users in Iran which allowed downloads and uploads for years which could have been used by Iranian-controlled front companies. 

“We accept full responsibility for past conduct, and we have enhanced our internal controls to ensure compliance with applicable laws,”  said SAP.

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