Remote activation webcams may be spying on us – existing laws do not protect people sufficiently warns IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

On December 22, 2014, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law released Digital Peepholes, a report documenting the risks of remote activation of webcams and proposing policy solutions.

According to the report:

  • Everyone is vulnerable to being spied on through their webcams.
  • The FBI has asked that federal laws be changed so that law enforcement can use people’s webcams to gather evidence about what crimes people may be committing through or near their computers.
  • One company alone installed remote activation technology on 400,000 rental computers and photographed its customers having sex, gambling online, and searching the Internet. Existing laws do not protect people sufficiently.

Digital Peepholes can be downloaded at

Related press release is available at http://www.kentlaw.iit…

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