Post Exclusive: Skype makes chats and user data more available to law enforcement

Wednesday, 25 July 2012 by Irwan K Ch
The Washington PostWednesday, July 25, 2012 8:55:02 PM
POST EXCLUSIVE

Skype makes chats and user data more available to law enforcement


Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police, said industry and government officials familiar with the changes.

Surveillance of the audio and video feeds still remains impractical — even when courts issue warrants, say industry officials with direct knowledge of the matter. But that barrier could eventually vanish as Skype becomes one of the world's most popular forms of telecommunication.

The changes, which could give authorities around the world access to addresses and credit card numbers, have drawn quiet applause in law enforcement circles but hostility from many privacy advocates.


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