It is unclear exactly how much information was obtained using Optic Nerve.
However, in six months in 2008, images were obtained from more than 1.8 million Yahoo! Civil liberty campaigners expressed horror at the scale of the surveillance of people who were not suspected of a crime. , which said it had not been aware of the surveillance, said the revelations represented “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy”.
British agents spied on millions of people through their webcams using a program likened to the surveillance system in George Orwell’s 1984, according to leaked secret documents.
Teenagers also commonly abbreviate words when texting on cell phones to save time.
Nick Pickles, the director of civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, said Orwell’s 1984 was “supposed to be a warning, not an instruction manual”.