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Skype Hands Teenager's Information To Private Firm 214

New submitter andrew3 writes "Skype has allegedly handed the information of a 16-year-old boy to a security firm. The information was later handed over to Dutch law enforcement. No court order was served for the disclosure. The teenager was suspected of being part of a DDoS packet flood as a part of the Anonymous 'Operation Payback'." According to the article, Skype voluntarily disclosed the information to the third party firm without any kind of police order, possibly violating a few privacy laws and their own policies.
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Skype Hands Teenager's Information To Private Firm

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @04:29AM (#41891241)

    "Skype Hand's Teenager's Information To Private Firm.

    I see.

    The information of the teenager of the hand belonging to Skype is to deprive a firm of something.
    Yep. Makes sense.

  • Shall we blame MS for this? Or did they wash their hands of it?

    • Re:Microsoft (Score:4, Interesting)

      by wienerschnizzel ( 1409447 ) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @04:42AM (#41891287)
      Well, Microsoft has a history of busting botnets. I would not be surprised if they mined Skype data for related topics. However, I do think they deserve to get negative backlash for scanning private conversations.
      • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
        The all new Relationship Management Team 2.0
        "Law Enforcement Relationship Management Team" got lost in the move?
      • Can someone please mod offtopic?
        This clearly has nothing to do with apostrophes.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Skype is an independent subsidiary of Microsoft, it is unlikely they had anything to do with this unless the order came from Ballmer himself.

      From reading the fine article, Paypal employed a security firm to investigate this, that security firm also does work for Skype, while working for Paypal this security firm linked an attacker to his Skype username, then the security firm used its existing relationship with Skype to get the data on this Skype user.

      From that information it sounds to me like Skype trusted

    • Ultimately, its the guy in the big chair that is responsible for the actions of anyone in his company.

      We should also stop calling them skype, and call them what they are, a division Microsoft.

  • Skype hand's? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by blind biker ( 1066130 ) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @04:36AM (#41891261) Journal

    Slashdot editors, have you no shame?

    • by martin-boundary ( 547041 ) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @05:30AM (#41891487)

      S'lashdot editors, have you no shame?


    • Slashdot - editors, have you? No - shame.


    • At this point I'd like to think that anyone who's still paying subscriptions to this place is a fool. It's not like their money is being used to uphold some standards in quality.

    • Slashdot editors, have you no shame?

      Why should they? The title is perfectly understandable in at least 4 perfectly logical ways!

      a) Information of Teenager of Skype Hand To Private Firm
      b) Teenager is Information of Skype Hand To Private Firm
      c) Skype Hand is Information of Teenager To Private Firm
      d) Skype Hand is Teenager is Information To Private Firm

      Plus 5 additional ones if we introduce "was", and then 7 *more* with "has"!

  • Corporations and individuals kneeling for the police - before any policeman ever yelled "Kneel !! ". We will see this ever more often. Welcome to our Brave New World.
    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Welcome to our Brave New World where IM products run in the background "out of the box" after your next software update- just waiting for a call ....
      Enjoy crystal clear HD cam fun with sneak and peek for any interested 3rd party.
  • no problems (Score:3, Funny)

    by LateLurker ( 2753873 ) < minus threevowels> on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @04:46AM (#41891311)
    it's OK, we'll just use facetime.
  • They could have broken privacy laws with this but if they didn't: what if, based on the evidence that they had, they just simply thought the boy was being a major asswipe? There is no *obligation* to use Skype, right?

    • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
      Police usually like to take the long view, track as many people as they can, turn the useful ones into traps or bait, get great PR and future funding.
      Why go to court early? A wealthy family might get caught up, hire a better than average legal team thats will expose poor quality evidence.
      Most parts of the world have very strict privacy laws and no company is free to decide anything about users data without a *real* court like document or some real time sensitive issue- again police/courts/govs can act ve
  • First it should read:

    Microsoft voluntarily disclosed the information to the third party firm without any kind of police order, possibly violating a few privacy laws and their own policies.

    Then I argue: is this really news?

  • After being bought by a firm that is in bed with the US government and NSA...
  • by Black Parrot ( 19622 ) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @06:38AM (#41891723)

    possibly violating a few privacy laws and their own policies.

    Those concerns are so 20th Century.

  • The events details in the article suggest that, Joep Gommers, senior director of global research at the Dutch IT security firm iSIGHT Partners, Skype and PayPal have all broken EU Directive 95/46/EC (Data Protection laws) [].

  • by Kaenneth ( 82978 ) on Tuesday November 06, 2012 @07:53AM (#41892003) Homepage Journal

    If data on people under 18 can't be given to the police, what's to stop everyone from claiming to be under 18 when convenient?

    Would you trust the claimed age on the user profile of someone known to be abusing the system the profile is on?

    Remember, on the Internet, noone knows you are a dog.

    • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

      the age doesn't actually matter. they didn't serve the proper authorizations/requests. the security company employee had no business in asking or handling other peoples data in any case.

  • Please fix that extraneous apostrophe.
  • For God's sake lose the apostrophe from 'Hand's'.

  • Seriously, we need some damn editing around here.

You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.