Kurt Sauer, Skype’s Chief Security Officer, has issued a statement clarifying the company’s process for collecting private user data. According to Sauer, Skype has a license for an EasyBits plug-in manager software framework, which manages the Extras Gallery of Skype for Windows. The EasyBits software houses digital rights management functionality that allows for protection of commercial software like plug-ins from illegal redistribution or unlicensed use. It strives to identify the computer that runs the plug-in by reading the mother board’s serial number, which can normally be obtained via a public query to the BIOS. Sauer assured that Skype, because of its privacy agreement, does not extract the information but it is collected by the EasyBits software only to guarantee compliance of the plug-in that is in use, with the appropriate license token or key.