Now here's an interesting yarn - a number of newswire reports say that Skype has admitted it is unable to comply with a number of court-authorised wiretapping requests in the US. But why is this?
As News.com puts it: "Skype doesn't say it hasn't received any requests to perform live interception of phone calls, just that nobody's asked them for Skype-to-Skype communication."
This seems to imply that Skype-In and Skype-Out - where calls enter the Skype network from the PSTN (and vice versa) - are tappable, but Skype-Skype calls are not.
But it's not entirely clear whether Skype has the technical capability to eavesdrop on Skype-Skype calls if it wanted to.
As News.com says: "Since Skype is a `black box,' there is no way to know if there's a backdoor of sorts to tap into a client and copy the voice stream to somewhere else or any way to know if such a process
So it isn't a case of Skype being unable to comply with a wiretap request on a Skype-Skype call, just that no-one has asked the company to perform one.
Which is about as a clear as mud.
Have a great weekend everyone...