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A French regulatory agency has taken a step forward in the process that could end up bringing criminal charges against Skype, the voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP, provider owned by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) , according to a statement released by ARCEP, the French telecommunications regulator.

ARCEP has accused Skype of failing to register as an electronic communications operator in France, as all such companies are required to do. ARCEP said it has "requested several times that Skype declare itself as an electronic communications operator, which the company has failed to do so far."

Electronic communications operators in France must make themselves available for the routing of emergency calls and for making the means available for legally intercepting communications, also known as wire taps.

In light of Skype's refusal to register, ARCEP said it has turned the case over to the Paris public prosecutor, who could classify Skype's non-action as a criminal offense.

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  • Report this Comment On March 13, 2013, at 8:43 PM, techy46 wrote:

    Microsoft should shut down Skype in France.

  • Report this Comment On March 14, 2013, at 7:05 AM, RandomMeaning wrote:

    "Microsoft should shut down Skype in France."

    Or maybe just work within the rules of a country? People or companies might not agree with them but in order to business within a country, you've got work with the people who run the country.

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