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The webcam snooping was also not limited to users who are on the list of intelligence targets.
There are no provisions in existing UK laws that inhibit British intelligence agents to access images of Americans captured by the program."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 globally," reported The Guardian.
This report, if true, represents a whole new level of violation of our users' privacy that is completely unacceptable, and we strongly call on the world's governments to reform surveillance law consistent with the principles we outlined in December.
We are committed to preserving our users' trust and security and continue our efforts to expand encryption across all of our services," a Yahoo spokesperson said.
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 report cited the leaked classified documents.
With no discussion or details about possible age, gender, or nationality of the monitored Yahoo webcam chats, it is only clear that the snooping done by GCHQ is the worst possible nightmare of those who engaged in sexually, provocative chats."We were not aware of, nor would we condone, this reported activity.
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Yahoo has agreed to shut down Internet chat rooms designed to promote sex between adults and children.
The agreement with the attorneys general of New York and Nebraska is the first to institute systemwide controls over chat rooms likely to be frequented by child predators.
"Furthermore, all of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the interception and intelligence services commissioners and the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee.
All our operational processes rigorously support this position," the GCHQ said in a statement.