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When NSA/PRISM/Microsoft Skype Turns Voice Conversations Into Text in Real Time

Posted in Microsoft at 11:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Clapper must be unwittingly impressed

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Summary: Microsoft reveals that the NSA-friendly Skype is already capable of turning voice into text in real time, adding to existing concerns over Microsoft ‘reading’ people’s IM sessions in real time (and following links)

Thanks to some good reporting from Germany we already know that Microsoft is reading people’s text chats in Skype (almost certainly saving them all with no retention policy to limit this secret collection). Microsoft is now using Skype for bribes in Brazil, as we already noted the other day, but we should importantly remember that Microsoft is a PRISM company, the first one in fact (Microsoft is how PRISM started). Skype is a spying operation, so when Slashdot says Microsoft processes speech at its end we know there is no node-to-node communication. Microsoft intercepts the sound and processes it. Microsoft shows it has capability of saving as text people’s voice conversations as text as well (easier to process and later to search or assign triggers to).

Welcome to 2014. With strong NSA connections Microsoft sure became Stalin’s dream (Stallman’s phrase). Careful what you say.

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