At diablog we have been following the story about spying on Skype for over a year. You can read it here, and here, and here. It all started with Microsoft applying for and being granted a patent to intercept Skype communication. My requests for an answer from Skype remained just that, unanswered requests.
For a long time, Skype has been the encrypted, peer-to-peer communication software of choice.
But now the government spying on Skype is “official“, the Washington Post has an article.
Skype now store your chats – even if you don’t ! – for 30 days. This is sad, because the US does not have a data retention law. There is no need for this. Except for sucking up to the police, spies and censorship happy politicians.
And Skype goes even further, they also enable “governments” to intercept peer-to-peer voice communication.
As the article mentions and I wrote here, with a court order and hacking your computer, listening in on Skype has been possible for governments before already.
The change now is a backdoor, or API, or special super nodes, or however they do it, for governments to listen in on your conversations. And if you believe, that those won’t be used automatically, without court order, I guess you are believing in the tooth fairy too.
Skype, like AT&T and countless other American communication companies has handed over the keys. And sold out it’s customers.
Because you did not hear about this from Skype, did you? Our inquiries were ignored. What do you do with a supplier, that cheats on you? You kick him out.
That’s what I will do. Goodbye Skype.
In the near future you can expect some reports about Skype alternatives.
It seems, “the internet” got somebody’s attention.
After months without any reaction from Skype, here is a public statement.
My reaction after the first few paragraphs, I want to puke.
Seriously, Skype? A ton of PR bla bla and marketing bullshit bingo?
If you read the statement carefully and between the lines, you will see, it is a smoke screen. If Skype cared for it’s customers, they would at least adopt the twitter policy of informing customers about governmental spying requests.
For an alternative to Skype go here.