Target: Tony Bates, President of Microsoft’s Skype Dvision
Goal: Demand public apology from Skype after the release of private information without a warrant
Regardless of the reason, Skype gave away the personal information it had explicitly promised to protect. It is apparent that online privacy is next to nonexistent, and for a reputable company to so blatantly disregard the personal privacy of its users is disturbing.
No matter how important the investigative firm and their corporate patrons deemed this investigation (which was far from a matter of life or death), the right to personal privacy must always be respected. A warrant is necessary for that very reason and even in times of distress, the safeguards of freedom must be respected. Skype must publicly apologize for this violation and reprimand all employees involved.
Dear Mr. Bates,
We all take a risk by using online services. The public does not need your company among the criminals that gather and disperse personal information. It also appears very probable that this incident was not isolated but instead just a time you were caught. One of your company’s primary concerns should be the protection of its users since the users are the only reason you exist.
If you want to continue serving the public, you must make sure that user information is protected as much as humanly possible. To even begin to regain public trust, Skype must apologize for this disgusting violation of privacy and reprimand (or fire) all employees involved in this leak; otherwise it would appear that your company as a whole endorses these actions.
[Your Name Here]