posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 04:48 PM
"Filed in December 2009, the document was created when Microsoft may have had no intentions of acquiring Skype, but the company makes clear statements
that it applies to Skype and similar services."
"According to the patent - and it is just an application at this point - Microsoft envisions a variety of possibilities to use "recording agents" as a
way to intercept, monitor, record and store recorded calls. The agent could be placed in a router, call server, or within the network of an
organization. The agent can also be a software module that is placed between the call server or the network. Microsoft does not mention the recording
agent to be hidden part of the client software. However, since Microsoft now owns the Skype infrastructure, that may not be a problem anymore."
"The good news, depending on your view, is that the technology is only targeted to become a tool that can be requested by law enforcement. The
downside, also depending on your view, is that those Skype calls may not be as anonymous as you think and your private information may actually be
easily accessible by government organizations. Microsoft did not say if it already uses eavesdropping technology in Skype or other VoIP
Seeing how there is warrantless wiretapping this seems like just filling in the holes of current domestic surveillance. What bothers me the most is
that M$ refuses to comment on whether its already installed in skypes current client, leading me to believe it is. What also bothers me is the amount
of security holes in a modern PC regardless of operating system, seems like it just makes it that much easier for non law enforcement individuals to
spy on others if they use this software.
edit on 27-6-2011 by wiandiii because: for content