UK spies steal images from webcam chats
February 28 , 2014
This latest scoop takes the issue of privacy to a whole new level. Reports suggest that UK surveillance agency GCHQ took nude images from video chats on Yahoo.
As many as 1.8M images were taken in a span of six months using a program called Optic Nerve. The NSA assisted with the program, which was launched in order to test facial-recognition software. The images come from people that are not suspects in any crime.
"It's hard to say anymore if this is the most egregious violation of privacy revealed under leaked documents detailing government espionage of detailed sources, but capturing nude and sexual images from unsuspecting users not aware they're being targeting, and not being targeted for any reason in particular, is definitely right up there," a TechCrunch blogger writes.