Thursday May 23, 2013
Human Rights Ambassador William Gomes Raises Concerns About Skype PrivacyLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Open letter is signed by many journalists, activists and NGOs.
(YORK, UK) - Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is one of the signatories of an open letter to Skype, a US company now owned by Microsoft, urging it to be more transparent about the confidentiality of Skype conversations and about its data protection and retention policies.
The Open letter is signed by many journalists, activists and NGOs.
The Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador has added his voice on the open letter with many other organizations and individuals.
The organizations signing the open letter include Abine, Access, AIDS Policy Project, ASL19, Asociación de Internautas, Aspiration, Bolo Bhi, Calyx Institute, ChokePoint Project, Crossbear Project, Cryptocat, Crypto.is, Cyber Arabs / IWPR, DFRI, Digital Rights Foundation, Digitale Gesellschaft e. V., DotConnectAfrica, DISC Development, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Electronic Frontier Foundation, The Engine Room, Expression Online Coalition, Front Line Defenders, Free Network Foundation, Global Voices Advocacy, GreatFire.org, The Guardian Project, Hermes Center for Digital Human Rights, Internet Protection Lab, The Julia Group, May First/People Link, Nachtpult, OpenITP, Open Media, Open Technology Institute, Progressive Global Commons, Public Sphere Project, Radical Designs, Reporters Without Borders, TagMeNot, Tech for Freedom, Telecomix, Thai Netizen Network, Tibet Action Institute, Zwiebelfreunde e.V.,
Individuals who signed the open letter include Collin D. Anderson, Carolyn Anhalt, Andrew Auernheimer, Paul Bernal, PhD, Luther Blissett, Griffin Boyce, Duncan Campbell, Luke De Carli, Samuel Carlisle, Brendan O’Connor, Mike Doherty, Sarah A. Downey, Esq., Ryan Gallagher, Nariman Gharib, Stefan Geens, Dan Gillmor, Daniel Kahn Gillmor, David Goulet, Keith Hazelton, Anas Helali, Ralph Holz, Stewart Johnston, Nimrod S. Kerrett, Timur Khamitov, Nadim Kobeissi, Kate Krauss, Kody Leonard, Bryce A. Lynch, Tom Lowenthal, Jonas Mages, Jeremy Malcolm, PhD, Jun Matsushita, Sascha Meinrath, Nicholas Merrill, Ophelia Noor, Frederick Noronha, Greg Norcie, Brennan Novak, Dlshad Othman, Renata Avila Pinto, Fran Parker, Chip Pitts, Bruce Potter, Cooper Quintin, Sina Rabbani, Michael Rogers, Anne Roth, Amin Sabeti, Eleanor Saitta, Raman Saxena, Douglas Schuler, Kamal Sedra, Jonah Silas Sheridan, Murali Shanmugavelan, PhD, Alan Stewart, Bernard Tyers, Dmitri Usanov, Franklin S. Werren, Philipp Winter, Joss Wright, PhD, Tom Zhang (张拓木).
1. In June 2008, Skype stated it could not eavesdrop on user conversations due to its peer-to-peer architecture and encryption techniques. Additionally, Skype claimed it was not required to comply with expanded CALEA rules on lawful interception as long as it was based in Europe. As a result of the service being acquired by Microsoft in 2011, it may now be required to comply with CALEA due to the company being headquartered in Redmond, Washington. Furthermore, as a US-based communication provider, Skype would therefore be required to comply with the secretive practice of National Security Letters.
Since Skype was acquired by Microsoft, both entities have refused to answer questions about exactly what kinds of user data can be intercepted, what user data is retained, or whether eavesdropping on Skype conversations may take place. In 2012, the FBI stated that it had issued a warrant for chats going back to 2007, and that it had utilized those chats as evidence as the basis for criminal charges. This contradicts Skype’s own policy stating that chats are retained for a maximum of 30 days.
In May 2006, the FCC issued a Second Report and Order that required facilities-based broadband Internet access providers and providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service to come into compliance with CALEA obligations no later than May 14, 2007. Existing US surveillance law is unclear regarding the specific form of legal process required for law enforcement agencies to compel the production of metadata associated with Internet based text messaging services.
CNET News — Skype: We can’t comply with police wiretap requests
The Economist — Bugging the cloud
Electronic Frontier Foundation — National Security Letters (NSLs)
Slate — Skype Won’t Comment on Whether It Can Now Eavesdrop on Conversations
CNET News — Feds: We obtained MegaUpload conversations with search warrant
Federal Communications Commission
ACLU Blog — US Surveillance Law May Poorly Protect New Text Message Services
Google — Transparency Report
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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