Belgian justice Skype challenges to court for refusing to tap




The parquet floor of Mechelen Skype to court. Skype, which is part of Microsoft would have a request for an interception of a VoIP conversation between criminals rejected because the company does not fall under the Belgian telecom.

Skype That reports De Standaard. In 2012, examined the Mechelen police thugs in the Armenian environment. Two suspects were deliberately selected for Skype to communicate. During the talks would be discussed include the supply of banned or stolen goods.

When the authorities submitted a request to tap into Skype, they got the brush-off. Skype would have argued that they do not fall under the Belgian telecom law because it is not a telecom operator in Belgium. It would also have allowed Skype that it was technically impossible to intercept conversations between the suspects.

According to the Mechelen police, however, Skype is certainly under the National Telecom as the company offering VoIP services in Belgium. Moreover, the two defendants were both Belgian nationality and are located in Belgium.

Following the refusal of Skype, the Belgian authorities decided to tow the VoIP provider for the court. It is indicated as a reason that Skype may have broken the Telecom Act. The case was in early June by the court to be treated.

It is quite likely that Skype will be condemned. In 2009, Yahoo was fined after the US company had refused to cooperate in any legal investigation. The judge said that because Yahoo also offered his services in Belgium it should be regarded as a Belgian company and therefore had to comply with orders of the judiciary.


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