TOM, Skype’s partner in China. has officially denied all such claims. However, a recent report issued by Nart Villeneuve at the University of Toronto says otherwise.
Dubbed The Breaching Trust (PDF), the study states that security is one feature that’s missing in China:
The report adds that the Chinese monitoring system is quick to look for keywords such as “democracy”, “Taiwan independence” or “voice of America”.
Needless to say, the report is most disturbing for anyone using Skype to communicate with someone in China. As the report points out, the surveillance doesn’t target Chinese only, but also anyone contacting them. Not a very pleasing thought for businessmen or journalists, to name only two categories.
At this time Skype must be already planning a new approach for thee Chinese market.