Online activists are asking Microsoft to be more open about the trustworthiness of its Skype software for confidential conversations, in an open letter to the company posted Thursday.
The letter, from an array of privacy advocates, Internet activists, journalists, and others, calls on Microsoft to provide public documentation about the security and privacy practices around Skype, which facilitates video and voice communications over the Internet. Microsoft completed its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype in October 2011.
The authors of the letter say they're worried in particular about the access that governments have to both Skype conversations themselves and to the user data generated by those communications.How Secure and Private Is Skype? [cbsnews.com]
That is a question I would like to hear the answer to as well. Skype used to have a secure end-to-end encryption protocol that was great for privacy advocates. Somehow I don't think it works the same now that they've combined Messenger accounts into the mix.