Voice of Russia
Oct. 16, 2013
Microsoft and its instant messaging and voice over IP provider Skype are under investigation by the Luxembourg’s data protection commissioner for providing access to user data and communications to the United States National Intelligence Agency (NSA).
Although Skype, a company that has had its share of legal actions in the past, has been bought out by Microsoft Corporation, based in Redmond Washington in the USA, it is being investigated for passing information to the NSA by the European country because it has its headquarters in Luxembourg.
It is not clear exactly when Skype began passing information and allowing access to their data by US signals intelligence and spy agencies, and if it was after or before the Microsoft takeover, but it is clearly a disturbing development that a European based company has allowed itself to be used as a spy tool on European and in fact on users around the word.