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Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls

Once upon a time, Skype was an independent company that encrypted all calls so that nobody could listen in, other than the two people who were conversing. Then Skype was bought out by Microsoft and… well… things changed.

The encryption went away and now contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app’s translation service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, and audio recordings obtained by Motherboard.

The Skype audio obtained by Motherboard includes conversations from people talking intimately to loved ones, some chatting about personal issues such as their weight loss, and others seemingly discussing relationship problems.

Details may be found in an article by Joseph Cox at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/xweqbq/microsoft-contractors-listen-to-skype-calls.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security

1 reply

  1. It is a sad state of affairs, but at this point, regardless of the shock value of BigTech surveillance tactics, no one really seems to care. LittleTech needs to step up its game, I think.

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