The Global Network Initiative is deeply alarmed by reports that the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, has intercepted millions of Yahoo! webcam images.
In response, GNI Executive Director Susan Morgan said: “This is a truly shocking example of the urgent need to reform global government surveillance practices. It is hard to imagine how the mass collection of millions of images of webcam users could be considered necessary or proportionate. GNI supports reforms that would protect the privacy rights of people from all countries and end the bulk collection of communications data in the UK, the US, and around the world.”
ABOUT THE GLOBAL NETWORK INITIATIVE
The Global Network Initiative (GNI) was launched in 2008. Our mission is to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy rights in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector by setting a global standard for responsible decision making and serving as a multistakeholder voice in the face of government restrictions and demands. GNI members include ICT companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), academics and academic institutions, and investors from around the world. See the full list of GNI members and observers.