Skype, EBay, and Communications Privacy
EBay has bought Skype, for reasons that I don’t quite understand. Perhaps all that cash was burning holes in their pockets. The BBC reports:
“Communications is at the heart of e-commerce and community,” said eBay chief executive Meg Whitman.
“By combining the two leading e-commerce franchises, eBay and PayPal, with the leader in internet voice communications, we will create an extraordinarily powerful environment for business on the net.”
Skype offers communication that’s nominally encrypted, but as explained in “An Analysis of the Skype Peer-to-Peer Internet Telephony Protocol,” (mentioned before) its not clear how trustworthy their protocol is.
EBay aims to “work closely with law enforcement.” That means they’ll tell all they know (which can be quite a bit) based on a request on letterhead. Which is their choice. But I would move my voice communication somewhere else, somewhere that tried to keep less data, and required law enforcement to make a formal request, through the courts. Checks and balances are there for good reasons.