When Bloomberg Business Week asked Microsoft to comment about Knockel's research, the company issued a statement that it attributed to an unnamed Skype spokesperson:
"Skype's mission is to break down barriers to communications and enable conversations worldwide. Skype is committed to continued improvement of end user transparency wherever our software is used...
"...in China, the Skype software is made available through a joint venture with TOM Online. As majority partner in the joint venture, TOM has established procedures to meet its obligations under local laws."
Microsoft is as wrong as wrong can be in this. Google has already taken a principled stand against Chinese censorship. Microsoft should follow suit. Enabling Chinese spying and censorship is flat-out wrong.
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