Stop the Secrecy

French authorities want to tap and tax Skype calls

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 14:44 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Skype has been around for over a decade, so why are French authorities hoping to tap and tax Skype calls now? 

Article by Jessica McKenzie for TechPresident:

In spite of repeated requests from the French telecommunications authorities ARCEP, Skype has refused to classify itself as an electronic communications operator in Franch, which would require them to route emergency calls and allow the French police to intercept conversations. ARCEP has informed the Paris public prosecutor of Skype's refusal, and criminal charges might be brought against the company for failing to comply. This is yet another instance in recent months of France making things difficult for tech companies. Some worry that the overzealous government is discouraging technological progress in France, hindering business and economic growth. 

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