The surveillance agency GCHQ used a hacking program codenamed Optic Nerve to view British citizens in their homes as they used the Yahoo!
webcam chat system, the classified files revealed by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and published by show.
However, in six months in 2008, images were obtained from more than 1.8 million Yahoo! Civil liberty campaigners expressed horror at the scale of the surveillance of people who were not suspected of a crime. , which said it had not been aware of the surveillance, said the revelations represented “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy”.
The documents show the legal status of the system was discussed, particularly in relation to using automated facial matching to identify the people in the pictures.
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