Yahoo webcam – object to bulk surveillance

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The documents provided by Edward Snowden revealed that Optic Nerve began as a prototype in 2008 and was still active in 2012. During only a six month period in 2008, were  intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of any wrongdoing. This included large quantities of sexually explicit images, being supposed that 3 – 11 percent of webcams chats contain such content. The program saved one image every five minutes from the users' feeds. The facial recognition technology was used to compare the acquired info to a massive digital police mug book of previously arrested individuals. Optic Nerve was based on collecting information from GCHQ's network of internet cable taps, which was then processed and fed into systems provided by the NSA. GCHQ declares that its activities are necessary and in accordance with UK law. But Yahoo had an immediate and radical reaction and strongly condemned the Optic Nerve program.
"This report, if true, represents a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy that is completely unacceptable, and we strongly call on the world's governments to reform surveillance law consistent with the principles we outlined in December”said Yahoo in its statement to the Guardian.

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