Thursday, 27 February 2014

British surveillance reportedly collected webcam images from millions of Yahoo users

Britain's surveillance agency is said to have captured images from millions of Yahoo users' webcams as part of a broad program running from 2008 through at least 2012. According to the Guardian, the GCHQ was able to intercept webcam images from more than 1.8 million users over a period of just six months in 2008. The images were used for intelligence by gathering metadata and testing facial recognition technology — though they were reportedly taken from users who had not been suspected of wrongdoing. Yahoo denies having knowledge of Optic Nerve and calls the alleged program "completely unacceptable."

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