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 one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam
imagery — including substantial quantities of sexually explicit
communications — from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts
There’s no other way to describe this than Orwellian. Government agencies spying on and collecting images of innocent citizens. Outrageous.