GCHQYahoo has struck out against Britain’s GCHQ after documents showed the platform’s webcam chat led to more than one and a half million images being illegally stored by the agency.

The data collection occurred between 2008 – 2012, as part of an operation known as Optic Nerve. An experimental program, the GCHQ hoped to create a facial recognition software to track targets online. In the process, it collected images from completely unrelated users in the US and UK, primarily citizens with no connection to terror activities.

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