Skype services now barred in the UAE
Many Skype users found themselves unable to make calls recently and were left baffled as to why. On Friday the service announced via Twitter that Skype is no longer currently available for video calling in the UAE. This comes shortly after the news that WhatsApp’s video and voice calling features were unblocked last week. The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) have since confirmed that the WhatsApp features have been blocked again as they do not comply with its VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) laws in the country. All in place, of course, to keep residents safe from potential security issues.
Skype released the following statement: "It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by both of the internet service providers in the UAE. Unfortunately, there is very little Skype can do about this situation."
Mohammed Mustafa Saidalavi of Emirates Safer Internet Society said he would love to see a tool where people can make free calls but "not at the cost of safety and security." He added, “I have concerns about enabling free WhatsApp calls that are encrypted. I will not endorse any tools that will allow criminals and anti-social elements to use encrypted calls and messages."