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The One
28th June 2011, 10:11
A patent filed by Microsoft reveals the company has voluntarily created software that allows the Government to intercept, re-routed and record all personal electronic communications, including Skype phone calls which are directly named in the patent.
A patent filed by Microsoft seeks to give the company exclusive rights to intercept personal electronic communications and resend them directly to the Government and other agencies who may be seeking to spy on you. The patent specifically names certain types of communications, such as Skype calls, instant messaging, video conferencing software, and even meeting software but does not stop there.

Microsoft has filed a patent for software they voluntarily invented software that intercepts allows the government and other agencies seeking to spy on you to intercept, re-route and record all of your personal digital communications. Instead the patent goes on to label just about all electronic devices you can think of as a computer and requests for a patent to be able to intercept digital communications from those devices, and even access data stored in a variety of other storage mediums, and forward the to the Government.

A Gizmodo article on the patent points out that Microsoft appears to trying to patent Skype spying, which is specifically named within the patent, but the scope of patent goes far beyond the ability to just spy on Skype calls.

Only by digging into the patent http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=20110153809.PGNR.&OS=DN/20110153809RS=DN/20110153809 can you see the deceptiveness in Microsoft’s the labeling of certain technologies and realize the true scope of what the software company is trying to provide the Government easy access to spy on.

For example, the label all packet-based communication as VoIP, which clearly nothing is further from the truth. All data that can be sent over the internet is a “packet-based communication

more here http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/06/27/microsoft-files-patent-software-government-py-digital-communications-31641/