Microsoft Files Patent For Software That Allows The Government To Spy on All Personal Digital Communications
by Alexander Higgins
Alexander Higgins Blog
June 27, 2011
patent filed by Microsoft reveals the company has voluntarily created software that provides the Government and other agencies seeking to spy on you with the ability to easily intercept, re-route and record all forms of personal digital communications, including Skype 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.
By filing the patent, Microsoft clearly shows they have voluntarily created the software, instead of waiting for a Government mandate to do so. The patent states that “the government or one of its agencies may need to monitor communications” and software acts as a “recording agent” that is able to silently record the communication”.
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. Instead it 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