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Published: 28th Jan 2013

Pressure is being put on Skype to disclose how it uses its members' data.

The popular VoIP service has received a letter from numerous organisations, including Reporters Without Borders, asking for more transparency regarding the confidentiality of Skype conversations and about its data protection and retention policies.

Skype, which has over 600 million users, was taken over by Microsoft in 2011.

The letter claims that the company has released "persistently unclear and confusing" statements concerning privacy issues since the takeover.

It asks for details of government data requests made to Skype and the number that it has complied with.

Microsoft has said it will consider the request.

A spokesperson commented: "Microsoft has an ongoing commitment to collaborate with advocates, industry partners and 2,112 governments worldwide to develop solutions and promote effective public policies that help protect people's online safety and privacy."

Transparency reports are already provided by companies such as Google and Twitter.

Posted by Craig Roberts