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Data protection commissioner to investigate Skype

The Data Protection Commissioner in Luxembourg has confirmed that he is commencing an investigation into Skype. The internet calling service is accused of passing on personal data to the US intelligence agency, the National Security Agency.

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Data protection concerns

According to media reports, the Luxembourg data protection commissioner has confirmed that he has commenced an investigation into Skype.

The internet calling service has allegedly been passing on personal data of its users to the secret services in the US for years.

Personal data transferred

Skype is accused of having passed on chat transcripts, telephone records and user data to the NSA, possibly in contravention of its own privacy agreement with its users. There is also talk of Skype having assisted in the decoding of chats and telephone conversations.

Increased data transfer

Skype is said to have become a member of the Prism network in 2011, before it was taken over. However, the alleged activities are thought to have tripled following the take over by Microsoft. 

A report is due to be published by the end of October. The report will form the basis for the decision as to whether to bring court action against Skype.

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Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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