Historiquement, Skype était une société de droit européen.
Sur le site de Skype, en 2011:
Skype was founded in 2003. It’s based in Luxembourg, with offices in Europe, the US and Asia. It’s owned by an investor group led by Silver Lake and which includes eBay Inc, Joltid Limited and Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz.
Maintenant que la société Skype a été acquise par Microsoft, société américaine, tombe-t-elle sous la loi du Patriot Act ? Peut-on encore imaginer que nos conversations privées le sont vraiment ?
La lettre ouverte adressée à Skype mérite d’être lue, jusqu’à la dernière ligne.
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.