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Microsoft Intends to Patent Skype-Spying Technology Microsoft Intends to Patent Skype-Spying TechnologyMicrosoft Intends to Patent Skype-Spying Technology


29 June 2011

Microsoft has recently filed a new patent that covers some technology to be used in the company's freshly purchased Internet phone service Skype.
This patent would allow Microsoft copyrighting technology deployed on Skype for "silently recording communications."
Here is a quote from the patent:
Sometimes, a government or one of its agencies may need to monitor communications between telephone users. To do this … a recording device may be placed at a central office associated with a selected telephone number. … sound may then be recorded by the recording device without the telephone users being aware of the recording. With new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other communication technology, the POTS model for recording communications does not work.
Seattle Weekly tried to clarify with Microsoft on when the spying technology can be deployed.
Microsoft's officials refuse to comment on the technology or plans on its deployment.

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