Skype for Business: Seamless Sharing Privacy?

Is seamless sharing as secure as people think?

Skype for Business: Seamless Sharing Privacy?

Microsoft and Skype for Business recently introduced the new ability for users to share their OneDrive files seamlessly in their everyday business chats. Currently, the feature is only online for Beta testers, but it will soon be available for customers worldwide.

If you want to share a OneDrive file with your chat contacts, all you need to do is click on the “+” icon at the bottom of your screen, which will allow you to open your content and tools section. In that window, you can click on OneDrive, and browse through a range of files and folders available to share. As long as your chat partner has OneDrive installed, they’ll be able to open the file and start making notes almost immediately.

What Does Seamless Sharing Mean to Privacy?

At first glance, the Seamless Sharing feature on Skype for Business seems like a fantastic addition to the program. Now that companies are relying more than ever on file sharing for quick collaboration among dispersed employees, Seamless Sharing could make it quicker and easier for teams to work together in real-time. However, the presence of Seamless Sharing also raises questions about privacy and GDPR regulations for some experts in the communication space.

According to the Chief Revenue Officer at Wire, Rasmus Holst, a secure end-to-end encrypted communications platform, Seamless Sharing may be a clear breach of GDPR regulations. The feature suggests that OneDrive data is not stored exclusively in a single location, which means that your Microsoft documents may not be as private as you think. Chief Revenue Officer Rasmus Holst believes that regulators should be acting on these privacy problems to ensure that a precedent of tolerance for non-compliance isn’t set.

Rasmus Holst on Seamless Sharing

Wire’s Holst believes that Seamless Sharing on Skype for Business is a clear sign that companies and individuals alike need to be warier about how tools are storing their private data. Holst believes that it’s time for businesses using Skype for Business to evaluate the way they use the platform and recognise the fact that their data could be harvested to sell to third parties. Many experts believe that the only way to enable true security is to choose a messaging and collaboration platform that can provide end-to-end encryption.

In Holst’s opinion, “covert” data harvesting is a common problem among big technology companies. Recently, Check Point Software found vulnerabilities in WhatsApp software which allowed them to harvest more data from Google Drive accounts. At the same time, the company also found that Yahoo scans emails to sell data to advertisers. Holst feels that now is the time for regulators to act on these apparent breaches of GDPR before companies start to think that they can get away with anything.


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AvatarRob Scott 22:06, 15 Jan 2019

I’m not sure what’s worse, inadvertently sharing your business conversations or company files.. We leave passive digital footprints everywhere, protecting our business data and personal data is going to be the biggest challenge of the digital age!

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