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article imageSkype may be in trouble if police in France can't listen to calls

By Owen Weldon     Mar 14, 2013 in Business
The French telecom authorities, ARCEP, informed the Paris state prosecutor that Skype must submit to the French law's concerning electronic communications operator, which requires operators to allow police in France to listen in on any calls.
According to sources, ARCEP claims that Skype has refused to declare themselves as an electronic communications operator. The ARCEP says that SKYPE needs to declare themselves because they provide communication capabilities to French citizens.
The ARECP said in a press release that all of Skype's solutions are not electronic services, but the service does allow internet users in France to call mobile and fixed numbers throughout France and throughout the world, by using their smartphone or computer. The press release went onto say that charges would be brought against Skype if they do not declare themselves an electronic communications operator.
According to New York Times, Skype, which was acquired by Microsoft back in 2011, says that hundreds of millions of people use it.
According to Reuters, Microsoft did not immediately comment on the situation, and it has not announced what they plan to do, so it is not known whether or not the company will comply with the request.
It is also not clear what the French government can do to Skype if it refuses to comply.
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