Skype Makes User Information More Accessible to Police

By - Monday, July 30th, 2012

Recently Skype, the online phone company that has been favored by friends, families, criminals and others eagerly to communicate beyond the government’s reach, has extended its partnership with the law enforcement authorities to make user information and online chats available to the police, said government and industry executives that were familiar with the changes. Recently technical modifications to Skype’s program allows chats to be monitored, a new development welcomed by law enforcement groups, reports the Washington Post. Both video and audio conversations through Skype are still out of reach, but experts stated that it’s only a matter of time before they will be monitored also. Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, has “a long track record of working successfully with law enforcement here and internationally,” said one official. All Skype conversations are connected by computers directly instead of through routing data that goes through central servers just like the other Internet-based communication systems. This makes it more difficult for law enforcement to seize the call. WATCH OUT. Source: The Washington Post

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