Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China

A group of Canadian human-rights activists and computer security researchers has discovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives certain Internet text conversations that include politically charged words.The system tracks text messages sent by customers of Tom-Skype, a joint venture between a Chinese wireless operator and eBay, the Web auctioneer that owns Skype, an online phone and text messaging service. Skype service snags and stores users’ messages
Human rights advocates have uncovered a huge surveillance system in China that monitors and archives text messages sent with the Tom-Skype chat client when they contain politically charged words. admits China privacy breach [Reuters]
Skype, eBay Inc’s web communications unit, has admitted that TOM-Skype, its China venture with TOM Online Inc, has been monitoring and storing some of its users’ text messages without Skype’s knowledge.Skype has apologised after a report revealed that the web service monitors text chats with politically sensitive keywords and stores them along with millions of personal user records on computers that could be easily accessed by anybody, including the Chinese government.

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