from theguardian.com: Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.
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.
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.