Amid blogger concern, Skype reassures its users that their privacy is safe
- situation The widely-used Skype VoIP app has become a key element of private communications through the world. With 250 million active users and strong encryption on its calls, it’s an effective option for phone calls and chatting when distance is an issue or privacy is of utmost concern for the callers.
- claimSkype, which has been relatively corporate in nature since its 2005 acquisition by eBay (it’s now owned by Microsoft) hasn’t offered strong reassurances to human rights activists. In recent weeks, bloggers have worried that the company has changed its policies to allow for police wiretapping on its calls.
- rebuttal The company has fought the claims on its Web site: ”Some media stories recently have suggested Skype may be acting improperly or based on ulterior motives against our users’ interests. Nothing could be more contrary to the Skype philosophy,” said Chief Develppment Officer Mark Gillett. source
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