Will the addition of backdoors that enable monitoring hurt the adoption of VoIP?
tswayne 1 year ago
Skype's architecture was apparently changed recently to allow backdoor access to calls/messages. I'm sure the government LOVES this, in light of their ongoing efforts to expand warrantless wire taps, and seeing as how they has issued literally hundreds of thousands of National Security Letters since 2003, which also do not require a warrant, to gain access to what most people would consider private information. This makes me leery for a couple of reasons. As I have probably already given away, I think that over the past decade, the erosion of privacy that has occurred is seriously alarming. This is especially true in light of the concentration of information with single entities. For example, since I am an Android user, Google "knows" my call records, location history, text messages, IMs, search history...and I'm sure a few other things I am forgetting. Plus, when someone says "backdoor", I hear "vulnerability."
So the inclusion of backdoors to allow access to VoIP calls such as was apparently added to Skype makes me pretty unhappy. Not only because I don't like The Man having ready access to my calls just on principle, but also because if there is a backdoor, there can be a backdoor exploit. Am I running around all alone in my tinfoil cap, or could VoIP backdoors cause people and companies to think twice before adopting a VoIP system?
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