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Skype hands personal details of 16 year old to private firm

Posted at 06 November 2012 19:03 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

A police file on the arrest of Dutch hackers, in possession of the Dutch media, reveals that Skype voluntarily handed over personal information about an alleged 16 year old Dutch hacker.  After Paypal and several other payment companies were attacked by hacker-group Anonymous they hired a Dutch IT security firm to investigate the attacks. Once the investigators of the company found out that a 16 year old Dutch citizen was involved they asked Skype, also a client of the company,  for the suspect’s personal details. Skype handed over the information, including his real name and address.

The police file also states that the company mailed Dutch authorities that they were waiting for Skype to hand over the details and they seemed to be very confident that they would receive it. That’s strange as usually such information is only released with a court order. A spokesman of Skype also states that the company takes its customers privacy very serious and that it’s not their policy to hand over customer data unless they get a valid request from legal authorities. The company is currently investigating how the information came in hands of a private company.

It’s also unsure if the information can be used in court as privacy and telecom laws might not allow evidence collected this way.

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TSJnachos117
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 07 Nov 12 05:36
    Hasn't Microsoft spent enough time making jerks of themselves? Windows 8 is nothing more than an embarrassment, now this.

    however, perhaps this is just a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing?
    ChristineBCW
    MyCE Die Hard
    Posted on: 07 Nov 12 15:18
      Dutch officials handing over a 16-year-old's details. Well, in some cultures today, arranged marriages are done among small children - of course, not for THEIR benefit but for the families' benefits.

      And some cultures have had 10-11-12 year olds getting married. Gee - "16" sounds ancient in that regard. Some of the Mormon-esque cults in Utah (one that moved into Eldorado, Texas a few years ago) has their cult-leader convicted of these 'arrangements'.

      Personal Details doesn't seem like much when compared to handing over girls to men. "But we're good Republicans" they kept crying as they passed along all those campaign donations! Good aggies, too.

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