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[Forbes]Microsoft Can Now Listen In on All My Skype Calls

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There was a wildly terrifying story published late Friday on Slate that didn’t get much attention because of the time of the week it was released.

In it, the author – Ryan Gallagher – lays out how Microsoft (MSFT) seems to have made some subtle and (to most) imperceptible changes to the popular Skype calling service that allows it to eavesdrop on all of your calls going forward.

Although it’s not completely clear, some seem to think that Microsoft may have made the changes either from or in anticipation of pressure from various government entities.

Shocked? I certainly was.

One of the reasons that Skype has grown so swiftly in the last 5 years was the belief by many users that the founders from Luxembourg had taken steps to make the service one of the most locked-down and encrypted services available to communicate with.

But in May 2011, Microsoft announced that it was spending $8.5 billion to buy Skype and that it would form a new division within the software giant. From the start, observers wondered how Microsoft could justify paying so much for a service that most of its users pay nothing for but which still lets them talk for free to other Skype users. Microsoft countered by saying that Skype was the world leaders in voice-over-IP communications and it wanted to own that brand and was sure that it could be sold alongside other popular Microsoft enterprise-focused software and services.

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Don't care. Not like I do anything worth listening to to begin with. 

 
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Honestly I don't care, MS can listen to me insult my friends at times, have random conversations and what not.
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Well that's one way to do voice data research...and probably piss off a bunch of people at the same time.
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Well even though I'm no criminal this is disturbing. Although if I was an employee I would drop in on random calls and lulz.
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Don't care. Not like I do anything worth listening to to begin with. 

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Honestly I don't care, MS can listen to me insult my friends at times, have random conversations and what not.

Same attitude that got us where DRM is now. Give up and not care about your privacy gives them the will to push further and creating the domino effect.
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if this is true, I find the intrusion very disturbing, without a warrant, I do not want people spying on me..
what's to stop things from being logged entirely and data mined for research/targeted advertising, or for keywords for misdemeanor offenses, like getting a bag of weed to smoke with friends.. for instance.. this is very shady...
I'm glad that I don't use Skype.
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It's slightly worrisome that Microsoft won't comment, but the entire basis for the article is a conspiracy theory? Really?
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Same attitude that got us where DRM is now. Give up and not care about your privacy gives them the will to push further and creating the domino effect.
See I don't hate DRM if it's not majorly invasive, Steam for example is an example of DRM that's not that bad.
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Uh, wasn't Google doing their own spying... ?

And... who cares?
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