Skype denies police surveillance policy

  • Online message, phone and video chat service Skype has denied making changes to its system " to provide law officers greater access" to its members' conversations.

    It follows reports suggesting infrastructure upgrades had made it easier to pass on users' chat data.

    Skype has posted a blog saying the changes were made to improve user experience and reliability but added it would pass on messages to law enforcement when "appropriate".

    In the past, Skype relied on users with high-spec systems to help its members' computers locate each other when a call was made. The firm has now switched to a system in which all such connections are made using in-house servers.