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Not only did Skype begin sending audio and text messages to the NSA, which shared the data with the FBI and CIA, but Skype, under the helm of Microsoft, allegedly worked closely with the NSA to enable the collection of video calls starting in July of 2012.

Skype's privacy policy claims to protect "your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal data, traffic data and communications content," and the platform has long boasted to its user base of more than 650 million users worldwide of its inability to perform police wiretaps thanks to encryption. In response to the leaked information, Microsoft told the Guardian: 

...[W]hen we upgrade or update products legal obligations may in some circumstances require that we maintain the ability to provide information in response to a law enforcement or national security request. There are aspects of this debate that we wish we were able to discuss more freely. That's why we've argued for additional transparency that would help everyone understand and debate these important issues.

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