Skype Responds to Claims of Increased Involvement with Law Enforcement

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Happy

If this pisses you off don't just sit back and accept it!! Do something! Call your congressmen(or women) and senators. Complain. Say that you'll be voting them out of office if this continues happening.

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The Second Comi...

Chicken Pants' favorite quote is by Voltaire: "People inevitably receive the government they deserve."

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Eoraptor

While I'll buy the bit about holding messages for later delivery (most IM clients do that to some extent these days) I somehow doubt that switching from P2P to centralized servers actually was meant to, or did, have any effect on the quality of calls. That was much more about creating centralized pathways when Ebay owned Skype in case they wanted to plug in advertising or sales functions (they never did though), and just happened to be a bonus for making it easier for anyone, law-enforcement or advertisers included, to track.

It's less a great central conspiracy and more conspiracy by committee.

This concerns me though, ""nor did Skype change its policy for cooperating with government information requests,"" Not changing it's policy does not equal no change at all. It simply means they didn't change anything that is in writing. If you really didn't change what you're doing, then do what Google does and publish information about who is requesting what from you.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

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Skype has had a team of Skype employees to respond to legal demands and requests from law enforcement since 2005. While we are focused on building the best possible products and experiences for our users, we also fundamentally believe that making a great product experience also means we must act responsibly and make it safe for everyone to use. Our position has always been that when a law enforcement entity follows the appropriate procedures, we respond where legally required and technically feasible.

http://www.zdnet.com/skype-talks-back-to-critics-on-security-and-privacy-7000001682/

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Virtually all of the skype stories from years past have alluded to the "alledged" anger by Law Enforcement because they claimed they could not listen in on criminals conversations

The "alledged" fact that Skype used unbreakable, proprietary encryption and did not cooperate with Law Enforcement meant your calls remained confidential and supposedly why so many criminals "alledgedly" used Skype

These kinds of articles were written and published between 2005 - 2010

Welcome to the wonderful world of disinfo everywhere, on every topic, every day!
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"Historically, Skype has been a major barrier to law enforcement agencies," writes Ryan Gallagher at Slate. "Using strong encryption and complex peer-to-peer network connections, Skype was considered by most to be virtually impossible to intercept."
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/24/tech/web/skype-surveillance/index.html

WOW
(I wasn't expecting a "Current" news story to verify what I said above)

They just admitted they have been Lying to everyone for YEARS
Wow!
Just........WOW!

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The Second Comi...

Chicken Pants is becoming more and more tiresome of having the Gov increasingly deeper in his rectum.

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Neufeldt2002

Does anyone really believe that any company is going to come out and say that they are building back doors for the gov to spy with? Of course they are building back doors, once any company gets to a certain size they cave in to the demands of gov wanting access. Look at RIM, overseas they caved in after saying they never would, now they are losing business hand over fist. Skype, by denying they are building back doors are hoping to cut off any potential mass exodus.

Don't care though, don't use Skype. Never have, and probably never will.

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hades_2100

"Look at RIM, overseas they caved in after saying they never would, now they are losing business hand over fist."

Correlation does not imply causation.

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Neufeldt2002

Maybe not, but it sure is one hell of a coincidence.

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