That’s the latest revelation from the Guardian’s investigation of documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which show that the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency covertly collected snapshots of millions of Yahoo users’ video chats between 20.
And yes, the screenshot trove includes “substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications,” according to the report.
As one document describes it, “think Tom Cruise in .” “Face detection has the potential to aid selection of useful images for ‘mugshots’ or even for face recognition by assessing the angle of the face,” reads the document.
“The best images are ones where the person is facing the camera with their face upright.” Problem is, GCHQ found that many Yahoo chat users positioned themselves a bit, well, differently.
The webcam spying program, known as “Optic Nerve,” targeted Yahoo users regardless of whether they were suspected of any crime or terrorist activity.Launched in 2008, the program was reportedly still operational in 2012.