In one six-month timeframe during 2008, the agency allegedly collected images from more than 1.8 million Yahoo users around the world, reported the Guardian.
Webcams would take photos every five minutes and send the images to the GCHQ database.“The system, eerily reminiscent of the telescreens evoked in George Orwell's ‘1984,’ was used for experiments in automated facial recognition, to monitor GCHQ's existing targets, and to discover new targets of interest.
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Such searches could be used to try to find terror suspects or criminals making use of multiple, anonymous user IDs,” reported the Guardian. The agency also captured a large amount of photos that contained material of a sexual nature.
GCHQ made no effort to prevent the collection or storage of such images, but did attempt to exclude photos where no faces were digitally recognized – a meager attempt to hide the lewd shots from professional analysts.
The NSA documents stated that British and American intelligence organizations forcibly spied on online activity through Xbox Live, the virtual world “Second Life” and the popular MMO “World of Warcraft” since 2006.
The leaked documents admitted that the agencies not only infiltrated specific online games, but actually created individual mobile games specifically for the purpose of gathering data about players.