“We were not aware of, nor would we condone, this reported activity,” a Yahoo spokesperson told the Guardian.“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.Unlike the United States, the UK does not have laws that require GCHQ to weed out US or UK citizens.In response to the Optic Nerve revelations, Yahoo called the program “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy”.This resulted in between 3 percent and 11 percent of the images collected containing “undesirable nudity,” as one document put it. it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person,” reads one document.
That information would then be used to connect targets with additional online aliases.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. 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.
In others, the lewd images were not properly sorted out.