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[ NNSquad ] MacBook webcams vs. spying

MacBook webcams vs. spying

http://j.mp/1dne8bt  (Washington Post)

   "The built-in cameras on Apple computers were designed to prevent this,
    says Stephen Checkoway, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins
    and a co-author of the study. "Apple went to some amount of effort to
    make sure that the LED would turn on whenever the camera was taking
    images," Checkoway says. The 2008-era Apple products they studied had
    a "hardware interlock" between the camera and the light to ensure that
    the camera couldn't turn on without alerting its owner ..."

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There is considerable variation in how these hardware/software
interlocks are implemented, and for some it remains impossible to use
the camera without lighting the light. But this is something
manufacturers can fix to always be true -- it's not rocket science. In
fact, protecting yourself from the camera is pretty easy -- just cover
it up when not in use. Integral mics are much harder to protect
against, and really, they also need hardwired activity lights in this
day and age.

Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
 - Network Neutrality Squad: http://www.nnsquad.org 
 - PRIVACY Forum: http://www.vortex.com/privacy-info
Member: ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
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