Guardian wrote:Britain's surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.
GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.
In other words, these Yahoo customers were not suspected of anything, GCHQ just spied on them anyway because they needed data to experiment on their automated facial recognition software. The use Xbox 360's Kinect camera was also considered. This attitude reminds me of the Soviet Union's position towards their citizens.
On a more humorous note:
Guardian wrote:Beyond webcams and consoles, GCHQ and the NSA looked at building more detailed and accurate facial recognition tools, such as iris recognition cameras – "think Tom Cruise in Minority Report", one presentation noted.
They are now drawing inspiration from Phil K. Dick themed dystopic fiction? (Well yes I know the film was quite loosely based on Dick's novel, but anyway.)
Also. I am paranoid if I'm slightly worried about that I had some trouble noticing any mention of this on http://www.bbc.com/news/uk/ ? Especially when the following items (amid others) are found to be of more importance:
BBC wrote:Big increase in net migration to UK
Anelka banned for 'quenelle' gesture
Eleven in custody after ferry 'jump'
Singer Dappy charged with assault (Newsbeat)
Real earnings back to 2002 levels
Woman in coma told to 'find work'
Northern Lights illuminate the UK
E: Fixed quotes.