Title: OPTIC NERVE – Yahoo webcam display and target discovery

Release Date: 2014-02-28

Document Date: 2008-12-01

Description: These extracts from a GCHQ report from December 2008 describe the development and privacy implications of OPTIC NERVE, a tool that has enabled the agency to gather images from millions of webcams: see the Guardian article Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ, 28 February 2014.

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Reference: B/7199BA/5001/5/114
Date: December 2008

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Laucd by: B18, CCHQ

OPTIC NERVE - Yahoo Webcam display and target discovery

Summary

A report on the development of OPTIC NERVE - a web interface to display Yahoo Webcam
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3/9/OS XX.SQF05S191 FBI Sustained 3/27/08

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