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Skype was wholly owned by eBay from September 2005 to October 2009 and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype was acquired by Microsoft in May 2011.

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2 February 2010

US senator asks companies about China rights practices

Author: Agence France Presse

A US senator on Tuesday asked 30 leading companies...for information about their human rights practices in China after Google's threat to leave the country over cyberattacks and Web censorship...The letters were sent to Acer, Amazon, Apple, AT&T,...

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7 August 2009

Durbin, Coburn Continue to Press Tech Companies on Human Rights Code of Conduct

Author: E News Park Forest

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) sent a letter today to 26 tech companies, urging them to join a voluntary code of conduct known as the Global Network Initiative (GNI) [on freedom of expression, privacy...

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29 October 2008

Global Network Initiative - media coverage & responses (Oct 2008)

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Global Network Initiative, a coalition of Internet companies, human rights NGOs and others, agreed to new guidelines in October 2008 "to respond to government censorship and threats to privacy"... [Links to media coverage & responses. Refers to...

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28 October 2008
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Author: AFP

Un code d'éthique visant à déjouer les efforts de censure et de surveillance de régimes autoritaires a été annoncé mardi par des géants de l'internet soucieux de redorer leur blason, après plusieurs affaires où certains avaient semblé complices. La ...

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4 October 2008
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Author: Pierre Haski, Rue89 [France]

Dans un rapport intitulé de manière explicite « Rupture de confiance », le Citizen Lab [institut canadien] ...affirme que la plate-forme chinoise de Skype [filiale d'eBay], qui est produite en commun avec le groupe hongkongais Tom.com, surveille les...

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3 October 2008

Skype says China joint venture partner stores text messages

Author: Sinead Carew & Savio D'Souza, Reuters

Skype [part of eBay]…said on Thursday that TOM Online Inc, majority owners of Skype's Chinese venture TOM-Skype, had been monitoring and storing some of its users' text messages without Skype's knowledge. Skype apologized after a report [by University...

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1 October 2008

Report finds Skype's Chinese venture TOM-Skype monitors messages for politically-sensitive keywords - includes comments by Skype, TOM Group

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1 October 2008

[PDF] Breaching Trust: An analysis of surveillance and security practices on China’s TOM-Skype platform

Author: Nart Villeneuve, the Citizen Lab, Munk Centre for International Studies, the University of Toronto

…Major Findings: The full text chat messages of TOM-Skype [joint venture Skype & TOM Group] users, along with Skype [part of eBay] users who have communicated with TOM-Skype users, are regularly scanned for sensitive keywords, and if present, the...

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25 February 2008

Human Rights: An Inconvenient Truth

Author: James Farrar, On Sustainability blog, ZDNet.com

The debate on business and human rights is set to heat up this year…[M]aybe most significant of all is the imminent release of the next installment from the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, John Ruggie, in his report to the UN...

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19 February 2008

full report: "On the Margins of Profit - Rights at Risk in the Global Economy"

Author: Human Rights Watch, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at New York University School of Law

[refers to DynCorp, AngloGold Ashanti, Enron, Wal-Mart, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! (part of e-Bay), Skype]

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