Beoordelingsdatum: 8 september 2021


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Before video call features came standard on mobile phones (shoot, almost before mobile phones), there was Skype. Launched in 2003, the former king of video calls has added features in an effort to keep up with the booming video call competition — recently they even partnered with the new Space Jam movie so you could have Lebron James in your background. Skype lets users blur their background for extra privacy, use real-time language translation and unlike some of the other apps on our list, call regular phone numbers. The video call app is owned by Microsoft these days, which means Skype integrates with services like Microsoft Teams.

Wat kan er gebeuren als er iets misgaat?

Skype has had some privacy concerns in the past, most notably when it came to light that Microsoft, which owns Skype, allowed contract workers in China to listen in to Skype calls with "no security measures" in place. It has since changed this practice, but it is a good reminder that even companies with decent security practices can handle your private data and conversations sloppily. Because Skype has been popular for a number of years, it has become a target for malware and phishing attacks. Users are able to set up two-factor authentication on Skype, which we recommend to help keep that conversation you're having with Grandma from being invaded by some angry troll. Skype doesn't use the stronger end-to-end encryption on phone or video calls, which, boo! Users can protect their text chats by enabling “private conversations.” Microsoft does collect a fair amount of data and says they may share this with third-parties like Facebook and Verizon for advertising purposes. It also says it combines data with third-parties such as data brokers, which can include your location. This isn't great. It’s also, unfortunately, not uncommon.

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Wat is er nodig om u aan te melden?

Users can sign in with their email or phone number. Skype also recently added a feature called Meet Now that allows anyone to create and share a Skype call without signing up for Skype via a Meet Now link they create on the Skype website.

Welke gegevens verzamelt het bedrijf?

Hoe gebruikt het bedrijf deze gegevens?

Microsoft uses data to advertise and market to you, which includes sending promotional communications, targeting advertising, and presenting you with offers. It does use your data to target you with advertising within Microsoft web properties. It also allows numerous partners like Verizon and Facebook, to collect data about your online activity for advertising purposes, and to place their own ads. Microsoft also extensively combines its data with third parties, such as data brokers for demographic data, service providers that help determine your device’s location, marketing partners, third parties that deliver experiences through Microsoft products, and publicly-available sources, such as open government databases.

Hoe kunt u uw gegevens beheren?

Most data can be accessed or controlled via the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. Data retention details are stated in the part of the privacy policy that is hard to access, and does not include clear retention time frames. Skype allows hosts to add and remove people from calls, mute users, toggle video and subtitles on and off, share screen, send an emoji reaction, and record calls. Those who pay for Skype for Business can choose who can enter, disable instant messages, mute all participants and block participants video.

Hoe staat het bedrijf bekend als het gaat om het beschermen van gebruikersgegevens?

Verbetering nodig

In January 2020, it was reported that Skype was using contractors in China to listen to Skype calls with allegedly no security measures in place. The company also shared login credentials of users with contractors. The company spokesman claimed that the company ended its grading programs for Skype. Also in January 2020, a report revealed that 250 million Microsoft customer records, spanning 14 years, had been exposed online without password protection.

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Gebruikersvriendelijke privacy-informatie?


It was difficult to find answers to some essential questions. For example, which type of data is collected, or what are data retention periods. In addition, the policy is for all-things-Microsoft, so it is difficult if impossible to find Skype-specific info.

Koppelingen naar privacy-informatie

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Calls and video calls do not have end-to-end encryption. Chats are not end-to-end encrypted by default, but this feature can be enabled for so called 'Private Conversations'.

Sterk wachtwoord


No password-protected meeting feature exists for Skype. For log-in to Skype. a strong password is required.



Microsoft pushes regular security updates to its communication products

Beheert kwetsbaarheden


Microsoft has a bug bounty program for security vulnerabilities



Rather complicated but holistic privacy policy. No separate policy for Skype, but the general for Microsoft.

Gebruikt het product AI? informatie


With Skype’s translation features, Skype collects and uses your conversation to provide the translation service. With your permission, your data may be used to help improve Microsoft products and services. To help the translation and speech recognition technology learn and grow, sentences and automatic transcripts are analyzed and any corrections are entered into Microsoft system, to improve the product.

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Dieper duiken

  • Microsoft listened to Skype calls with 'no security' to protect recordings, report says
    CNET Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Is Skype Safe and Secure? What are the Alternatives?
    Comparitech Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Skype's promised end-to-end encryption finally arrives. Here's how to use it
    CNET Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Skype rolls out 'Meet Now' calls that don't need a sign-up or installation
    Engadget Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Skype now offers end-to-end encrypted conversations
    The Verge Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Skype audio graded by workers in China with 'no security measures'
    The Guardian Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Microsoft Security Shocker As 250 Million Customer Records Exposed Online
    Forbes Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Skype Privacy Settings
    Kaspersky Lab Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Skype phishing attack targets remote workers
    TechRadar Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad
  • Skype says it respects your privacy while sharing link that says it uses third-party data
    Windows Central Koppeling opent in een nieuw tabblad


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