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Skype makes chats and user data more available to police

Posted By admin On July 27, 2012 @ 1:53 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Craig Timberg and Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post [1]
July 27, 2012

Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police, said industry and government officials familiar with the changes.

Surveillance of the audio and video feeds remains impractical — even when courts issue warrants, say industry officials with direct knowledge of the matter. But that barrier could eventually vanish as Skype becomes one of the world’s most popular forms of telecommunication.

The changes to online chats, which are written messages conveyed almost instantaneously between users, result in part from technical upgrades to Skype that were instituted to address outages and other stability issues since Microsoft bought the company last year. Officials of the United States and other countries have long pushed to expand their access to newer forms of communications to resolve an issue that the FBI calls the “going dark” problem.

Microsoft has approached the issue with “tremendous sensitivity and a canny awareness of what the issues would be,” said an industry official familiar with Microsoft’s plans, who like several people interviewed for this story spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the issue publicly. The company has “a long track record of working successfully with law enforcement here and internationally,” he added.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/skype-makes-chats-and-user-data-more-available-to-police/2012/07/25/gJQAobI39W_story.html

[2] REPORT: Skype Had A Secret Program Called ‘Project Chess’ To Help Intelligence Agencies Access Internet Calls: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-skype-had-a-secret-program-called-project-chess-to-help-intelligence-agencies-access-internet-calls.html

[3] Microsoft May Add Eavesdropping To Skype: http://www.prisonplanet.com/microsoft-may-add-eavesdropping-to-skype.html

[4] Spy state shock: Gmail, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, AOL, Apple all sharing user communications with NSA: http://www.prisonplanet.com/spy-state-shock-gmail-yahoo-mail-facebook-skype-aol-apple-all-secretly-sharing-private-user-communications-with-nsa.html

[5] Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write: http://www.prisonplanet.com/skype-with-care-%e2%80%93-microsoft-is-reading-everything-you-write.html

[6] Microsoft Denies New Reports That It Let The NSA Spy On Email And Skype: http://www.prisonplanet.com/microsoft-denies-new-reports-that-it-let-the-nsa-spy-on-email-and-skype.html

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