T he GCHQ does not have the technical capability to ensure that no images of British or American citizens were included in the bulk collection, the In sorting through the massive amount of information it collected starting in 2008, when Optic Nerve first launched as a prototype program, U. spies were met with an explicit challenge: pornography"Unfortunately, it would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person," one document leaked by Snowden says."Also, the fact that the Yahoo software allows more than one person to view a webcam stream without necessarily sending a reciprocal stream means that it appears sometimes to be used for broadcasting pornography."The GCHQ estimated that between 3 percent and 11 percent of the images it vacuumed up were of an explicit nature, and it wrangled with the challenge of how to protect analysts' eyes from an onslaught of pornographic images.
The surveillance program codenamed "Optic Nerve" compiled still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and stored them in the GCHQ’s databases with help from the .We speak with James Ball, one of the reporters who broke the story.He is the special projects editor for Guardian US., may have peered into the lives of millions of Internet users who were not suspected of wrongdoing.A more accurate name for the "Optic Nerve" program may have been "Peeping Tom," because it ended up collecting a large number of sexually explicit images.We are the UK's leading chat site and welcome chatters over the age of 18 from all over the world. Our chat rooms and message boards are moderated by our team of Chat Guides and Forum Hosts.We Speke is the social network to learn and practice English online for free with native English speakers.