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[liberationtech] NYT report on Obama admin's wiretap plans

Jim Youll jyoull at alum.mit.edu
Mon Sep 27 14:22:33 PDT 2010


On Sep 27, 2010, at 2:18 PM, Thomas Smyth wrote:

> That links to a document from Skype that describes how to get billing records and other records.  Also, the document explicitly says that Skype-to-Skype calls and chats don't create billing records, and that Skype doesn't keep login/logout records. To me it reads almost like a tacit 'up yours' to whoever is doing the legal spying.
> 
> Yes there could be bugs or backdoors in Skype's software, but absent some incentive for Skype to keep them secret and not patch them (which I can't fathom) I don't know why they would.  Unless some legislation compels Skype to create a backdoor, it would seem their interest is in keeping things a secure as possible, right?


Why?

Let's say Skype were revealed tomorrow to have wiretapping capabilities in it.

Their user base, paying $0 for online calls already, and actual money for profitable POTS-gatewayed calls (tappable) will turn to  ________ (what) in mass exodus?






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