For extra credit: Check a current US Skype client to see if similar functionality is present.
(Of course, in the US it might be present but only enabled on those they want to snoop, perhaps after something designed to look like due process ("lawful intercept"), rather than being enabled by default.)
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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."
That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.