House approves Skype, ooVoo for official use

The House of Representatives will allow members to use Skype and ooVoo for official communications after a year-long push by Republicans to adopt the applications as cost-saving measures.

Security concerns had kept Congress from approving the applications to get in touch with constituents and others, an issue Skype addressed in its recent blog post about the announcement.

“Each of the Congressional offices will have access to their own Skype Manager account, so one central person in each office can administer the Skype accounts,” wrote Stacy Pies, from Skype’s government relations office. Members will also be able to personally configure privacy setting on Skype, Pies said.

The company worked with the House network security team on safety measures for the video conferencing.

Pies said that Skype would also work with the Senate and other government agencies to ensure the safety of the program, if needed.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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