Microsoft recently made an announcement while addressing the Russian authorities, that it will share the Skype user data of Russian users with them. Apparently these changes are the consequence of terror attacks that took place in the last month in Volgograd.
Skype, the instant messaging and VoIP service is owned by Microsoft. As per the recent announcements, Microsoft will share the information of the Russian Skype users with the Russian police if required. The general protocol that will be followed for this includes, storage of Russian Skype user data for six months and handing over this data to the Russian government and police (KGB) as and when required. Microsoft doesn’t deny its obligation for sharing the Skype user data when it comes to anti-terrorism efforts taken by Russia.
However, Microsoft has cleared its stand on this issue on one of its statements as follows: