Skype likely allows 3rd party access to all conversations – archived source

Skype Won’t Say Whether It Can Eavesdrop on Your Conversations


Since Microsoft bought Skype, has the chat client started working more with law enforcement? Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

New surveillance laws being proposed in countries from the United States to Australia would force makers of online chat software to build in backdoors for wiretapping. For years, the popular video chat service Skype has resisted taking part in online surveillance—but that may have changed. And if it has, Skype’s not telling.

Historically, Skype has been a major barrier to law enforcement agencies. Using strong encryption and complex peer-to-peer network connections, Skype was considered by most to be virtually impossible to intercept. Police forces in Germany complained in 2007 that they couldn’t spy on Skype calls and even hired a company to develop covert Trojans to record suspects’ chats. At around the same time, Skype happily went on record saying that it could not conduct wiretaps because of its “peer-to-peer architecture and encryption techniques.”

Recently, however, hackers alleged that Skype made a change to its architecture this spring that could possibly make it easier to enable “lawful interception” of calls. Skype rejected the charge in a comment issued to the website Extremetech, saying the restructure was an upgrade and had nothing to do with surveillance. But when I repeatedly questioned the company on Wednesday whether it could currently facilitate wiretap requests, a clear answer was not forthcoming. Citing “company policy,” Skype PR man Chaim Haas wouldn’t confirm or deny, telling me only that the chat service “co-operates with law enforcement agencies as much as is legally and technically possible.”

So what has changed? In May 2011, Microsoft bought over Skype for $8.5 billion. One month later, in June, Microsoft was granted a patent for “legal intercept” technology designed to be used with VOIP services like Skype to “silently copy communication transmitted via the communication session.” Whether this technology was subsequently integrated into the Skype architecture, it’s impossible to say for sure. Perhaps Skype’s reason for refusing to answer the interception question is because Microsoft has instituted a stricter media strategy than back in 2008. Either way, looking at Skype’s privacy policy today, it’s clear the company is certainly in a position to hand over at least some user communications to authorities if requested.

Under Section 3 of the privacy policy, it is stated that Skype or its partners “may provide personal data, communications content and/or traffic data to an appropriate judicial, law enforcement or government authority lawfully requesting such information.” It also notes that instant messages sent over Skype will be stored for a maximum 30 days “unless otherwise permitted or required by law.”

It is perhaps unsurprising that, with 663 million registered users reported last year, Skype has come under pressure to enable interception of calls.

The overarching concern, though, is not the interception requests per se—it’s that Skype isn’t being candid about the status of its relationship with law enforcement.

 The company could learn a great deal from Google’s transparency reports, detailing requests it receives from authorities on a semi-annual basis. Without openness Skype will lose trust, and without trust it will lose users. Some are already migrating elsewhere, turning to alternatives like Jitsi, which enables end-to-end encryption and a level of security that can no longer be taken for granted with Skype.


Join the conversation

comment 128 comments
  • Davistak

    diflucan capsule 50 mg

  • Michaeltef

    purchase augmentin

  • IvyPaido

    vermox 100mg tablets

  • ElwoodSem

    price of paxil generic

  • Davistak

    online pharmacy denmark

  • Davidsor

    synthroid mcg

  • DarrylAbiva

    accutane nz cost

  • SuePaido

    metformin 500 mg over the counter

  • WilliamKig

    vermox tablets

  • Davidsor

    fluoxetine medicine

  • SuePaido

    trazodone 50mg capsules

  • SamuelseaPs

    best generic finasteride brand

  • MaryPaido

    generic propecia australia

  • DarrylAbiva

    order azithromycin online canada

  • IvyPaido

    ivermectin uk coronavirus

  • SuePaido

    where to buy finasteride online

  • Michaeltef

    doxycycline 100mg online pharmacy

  • JosephHoR

    amoxicillin 10mg

  • Davidsor

    plaquenil 200 mg prices

  • Richardpew

    propranolol online prescription

  • MaryPaido

    tretinoin india

  • JosephHoR

    fluoxetine 30 mg capsules uk

  • Michaeltef

    cost of citalopram without insurance

  • buy semaglutide in canada

    semaglutide 7 mg

  • wegovy pills

    semaglutide online pharmacy

  • semaglutide tablets 7 mg

    semaglutide buy online

  • generic ozempic

    order semaglutide

  • semaglutide where to buy

    purchase semaglutide

  • semaglutide australia online

    ozempic tablets for weight loss

  • semaglutide australia online

    semaglutide 7 mg

  • semaglutide

    ozempic semaglutide tablets 7.5 mcg

  • wegovy 14

    buy ozempic in mexico

  • wegovy drug

    buy ozempic for weight loss

  • semaglutide 7 mg

    semaglutide 7 mg

  • semaglutide coupon

    semaglutide for weight loss

  • semaglutide price

    semaglutide tablet

  • semaglutide injection

    wegovy sale

  • wegovy from canada

    buy ozempic

  • buy wegovy canada

    wegovy online prescription

  • rybelsus weight loss

    buy ozempic

  • rybelsus drug

    ozempic tablets buy

  • semaglutide buy australia

    semaglutide drug

  • wegovy 14

    rybelsus order

  • wegovy tablets for weight loss


  • generic ozempic

    buy semaglutide canada

  • rybelsus oral medication

    wegovy online uk

  • semaglutide online

    wegovy sale

  • semaglutide price

    rybelsus canada pharmacy prices

  • wegovy 14mg

    semaglutide pill form

  • wegovy semaglutide

    wegovy without prescription

  • order rybelsus

    rybelsus mexico

  • buy semaglutide in mexico

    wegovy tablets cost

  • rybelsus online cheap

    semaglutide online uk

  • semaglutide generic cost

    rybelsus tab 7mg

  • brand ozempic

    rybelsus tablets for weight loss cost

  • wegovy for sale

    generic ozempic for weight loss

  • rybelsus 7 mg tablet

    buy ozempic online pharmacy

  • semaglutide pill

    semaglutide medication

  • generic wegovy cost

    rybelsus semaglutide tablets 7.5 mcg

  • rybelsus where to buy

    brand semaglutide

  • semaglutide for diabetes

    ozempic pill form

  • cheap ozempic

    rybelsus best price

  • cheap ozempic

    generic ozempic for weight loss

  • rybelsus tablets buy

    semaglutide pill

  • wegovy price

    buy ozempic pill form for adults

  • wegovy 3 mg

    rybelsus generic cost

  • rybelsus from canada

    semaglutide online order

  • semaglutide 3 mg tablet


  • wegovy from canada

    wegovy buy from canada

  • wegovy 14

    buy ozempic

  • semaglutide lose weight

    wegovy diabetes

  • semaglutide 7mg

    semaglutide 3 mg

  • buy ozempic uk

    generic wegovy cost

  • wegovy tablets 7 mg

    rybelsus online cheap

  • order semaglutide

    wegovy semaglutide

  • where to buy semaglutide

    semaglutide rx

  • ozempic tablets 7 mg

    wegovy xr

  • where to buy ozempic online

    semaglutide lose weight

  • order ozempic online

    rybelsus semaglutide tablets cost

  • rybelsus without prescription

    ozempic tablet

  • wegovy tablets 7 mg

    rybelsus prescription

  • rybelsus 3 mg

    buy rybelsus canada

  • wegovy for diabetes

    rybelsus semaglutide

  • wegovy best price

    wegovy medicine

  • semaglutide uk

    wegovy rx

  • semaglutide generic

    semaglutide canada pharmacy

  • semaglutide for sale

    semaglutide medication

  • generic ozempic

    semaglutide 14

  • rybelsus for diabetes

    wegovy 21 mg

  • rybelsus online uk

    buy semaglutide online from india

  • semaglutide lose weight

    rybelsus pills

  • buy wegovy canada

    rybelsus 21 mg

  • wegovy online cheap

    semaglutide online cheap

  • semaglutide online cheap

    order semaglutide

  • buy rybelsus in canada

    where can i buy ozempic

  • buy ozempic cheap

    buy rybelsus online no script needed

  • semaglutide pills

    buy wegovy online no script

  • wegovy online pharmacy

    ozempic injections

  • generic wegovy cost

    semaglutide order

  • semaglutide cost

    generic semaglutide cost

  • generic wegovy

    cheap semaglutide

  • rybelsus retail price

    rybelsus drug

  • rybelsus xl

    rybelsus 21 mg

  • semaglutide canada

    semaglutide canada

  • buy semaglutide cheap

    wegovy semaglutide tablets cost

  • wegovy canada pharmacy

    semaglutide tab 14mg

  • wegovy sale

    buy semaglutide for weight loss

  • rybelsus prescription

    buy ozempic from canada

  • wegovy diabetes

    semaglutide wegovy

  • rybelsus for sale

    semaglutide 3 mg

  • semaglutide xl

    wegovy medicine

  • purchase semaglutide

    rybelsus 21 mg

  • ppu-prof_kn

    Наша бригада опытных мастеров находится в готовности предъявить вам перспективные подходы, которые не только снабдят надежную покров от холодных воздействий, но и подарят вашему жилищу элегантный вид.
    Мы занимаемся с современными материалами, ассигнуруя долгий срок службы работы и великолепные выходы. Изолирование облицовки – это не только сокращение расходов на тепле, но и забота о экосистеме. Экономичные инновации, какие мы осуществляем, способствуют не только дому, но и сохранению природных ресурсов.
    Самое ключевое: Средняя стоимость утепления дома у нас стартует всего от 1250 рублей за квадратный метр! Это доступное решение, которое изменит ваш дом в реальный теплый район с минимальными издержками.
    Наши пособия – это не только изоляция, это формирование пространства, в где каждый член отражает ваш персональный манеру. Мы примем в расчет все ваши пожелания, чтобы осуществить ваш дом еще более уютным и привлекательным.
    Подробнее на официальном сайте
    Не откладывайте труды о своем корпусе на потом! Обращайтесь к мастерам, и мы сделаем ваш дом не только теплее, но и моднее. Заинтересовались? Подробнее о наших услугах вы можете узнать на веб-сайте. Добро пожаловать в сферу уюта и качественной работы.

  • semaglutide buy from canada

    wegovy 14mg tablets

  • rybelsus medication

    buy semaglutide online from india

  • where can i buy semaglutide

    rybelsus over the counter

  • wegovy best price

    semaglutide rybelsus

  • rybelsus 14mg

    wegovy online prescription

  • order wegovy

    rybelsus xr

  • buy ozempic online

    wegovy mexico

  • wegovy xr

    wegovy from canada

  • semaglutide for weight loss

    semaglutide mexico

  • semaglutide wegovy

    rybelsus semaglutide tablets cost

  • purchase semaglutide

    wegovy without prescription

  • ozempic injections

    semaglutide 7mg

  • semaglutide for sale

    wegovy prescription

  • semaglutide online order

    rybelsus weight loss

  • rybelsus canada pharmacy

    wegovy weight loss

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *