This Is What Is Actually 'Terrifying' About Microsoft's Skype Policy

A few days ago, my colleague Eric Jackson wrote a post on speculation that recent changes to Skype’s architecture may have made it easier for Microsoft to tap the service’s VoIP calls. The piece was hyperbolically headlined, “It’s Terrifying and Sickening that Microsoft Can Now Listen In on All My Skype Calls.” There are several problems with this piece. For one, the Washington Post is now reporting that while Skype is making it easier for law enforcement to get access to Skype user information and chats, “surveillance of the audio and video feeds remains impractical,” according to “industry officials.”