Are Skype making call snooping easier?

21 June 2013

Bitterwallet Skype iPhone app banned Skype have been accused of setting up a secret, internal project which explores the ways in which they will let intelligence agencies monitor calls while staying on the right side of the law.

Apparently, there are only a handful of employees who knew about the program, which is known as Project Chess, and set up before Microsoft bought the company.

If these allegations prove to be true, that means Skype were eavesdropping long before the Prism scandal which kicked off recently.

Skype would not comment on the allegations.

Last year, Skype faced similar accusations when they moved details to Microsoft and at the time, the company said: "Our position has always been that when a law enforcement entity follows the appropriate procedures, we respond where legally required and technically feasible." However, if the New York Times findings are correct, Skype had already worked out how to co-operate with intelligence agencies before the Microsoft acquisition.

Then, Microsoft made the situation more sticky after they applied for a patent that would allow them to intercept VoIP calls. Researchers at the University of Mexico found that Microsoft already allowed third parties to intercept Skype, particularly in China where the government is allowed to look for censored words and phrases.

It isn't looking good for Skype, especially given the amount of rivals that now exist.

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy


  • john
    of course skype are making it easier for the authorities to listen into your calls! if you think your calls on skype are private youre an idiot. it's not looking good for skype???!!! are you thick they're the biggest dwarfing competition!!
  • wOnKeY h.
    How angry is John ?
  • Chewbie
    Snoop and Dre. Flex wit da erb.

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