Skype users could phone themselves into jail

25 January 2007

Skype users could face jail and £5,000 fines if they use lie detecting software promoted by the company. Anyone using the software without telling other parties to a call on the internet telephone service could face jail, an expert has warned.

Skype, which is owned by eBay, integrated software by Israeli company KishKish into its services as a paid-for add on. The software analyses voice patterns and tells a caller when it thinks the other party to a conversation is lying.

But Sue Cullen, a privacy specialist at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind OUT-LAW, told weekly technology podcast OUT-LAW Radio that users could easily find themselves falling foul of the law.

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