Do encrypted Skype
calls have the ability to be tapped?
That question was raised earlier this year when Microsoft Corp. applied for a patent apparently allowing "silent recording communications." As this article states, Microsoft [Nasdaq: MSFT
] is vague, saying it co-operates with law enforcement agencies.
The fact is no IT company would want to sell a product that would defy the ability of police to lawfully intercept communications.
That still leaves the quesiton of whether Skype -- used by millions around the world for business as well as personal calls -- can be cracked by the rest of us. So the Electronic Frontier Foundation
recommends avoiding Skype if you want to have a secure -- and, it goes without saying, legal -- talk with someone.