Skype summoned to Belgian court over failure to share call data

Tue May 26, 2015 4:29am EDT
 
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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Online communication service Skype (MSFT.O: Quote) has been summoned to appear in court in Belgium after refusing to pass on customer data to aid a criminal investigation, a court spokesman said.

A court in Mechelen, just north of Brussels, had asked for data from messages and calls exchanged on Microsoft-owned Skype, arguing that telecom operators in the country were required to do so.

"The judicial question is whether Skype is also a telecoms operator," the court spokesman said, adding that Skype would have to pass on the data if this was established to be the case. It could also face a fine.

Skype was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Philip Blenkinsop and Robin Pomeroy)

 
A page from the Skype website is seen in Lausanne May 10, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse