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Then again, "a secret order from the FISA Court, which might be among the 'aspects of this debate' that Microsoft finds it's unable to discuss, could provide a new reason why Microsoft doesn't act to better protect Skype users against eavesdropping," said Seth Schoen, a senior staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in a blog post. "If the secret order required Microsoft to turn over Skype users' communications on an ongoing basis, Microsoft might fear that changing the Skype technology in a way that stopped it from complying would violate the order." In other words, the government's demands for data might make it difficult for Microsoft to alter its system, at least in a way that trades enhanced encryption for easy interception.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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