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The vast majority of affected users would have been completely innocent of any crime or suspicion of a crime.
Optic Nerve as described in the documents collected one still image every 5 minutes per user, attempting to comply with human rights legislation.
The images were collected in a searchable database, and used for experiments in facial recognition, to monitor known targets, and to discover new targets. for surveillance was taken because "Yahoo webcam is known to be used by GCHQ targets".
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Messenger was at the centre of a major privacy scandal in 2014 as documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed that British voyeur agency GCHQ was cheerfully hacking into users' Yahoo!