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Lobbyists Want Data on Skype Disclosures

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February 25, 2013

A coalition of digital rights groups and individuals are calling on Microsoft to release regular transparency reports on data collected from Skype users, including whether it’s been shared with third parties such as advertisers and law enforcement agencies. Microsoft purchased Skype in 2011, The New York Times reports. “We need to know how Microsoft and Skype cooperate with law enforcement and others around the world,” said Prof. Paul Bernal, a lawyer who is one of the 61 individuals to sign the open letter to Microsoft. “People living under authoritarian regimes need to know what kinds of personal risks they are taking when using Skype.” The coalition also wants to know whether Skype’s headquarters have changed from the EU since it was purchased by a U.S.-based company. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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