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Secret Service Raids Home Of Apple Store Webcam Artist

July 8, 2011

The U.S. Secret Service raided the home of an artist who gathered images from a Apple store webcam in New York.

Kyle McDonald allegedly installed software that photographed people looking at laptops then uploaded the pictures to a website.

McDonald said he had obtained permission from a security guard to take photos inside the store.

According to a report by BBC, the investigation was taking place under the “Fraud and related activity in connection with computers,” which is the U.S. Code Title 18/1030.

McDonald wrote on twitter: “@secretservice just stopped by to investigate [web address removed] and took my laptop. Please assume they’re reading any e-mails you send me.”

His images were uploaded to a page on the blogging site Tumblr.

The project is described as “A photographic intervention. Custom app installed around NYC, taking a picture every minute and uploading it if a face is found in the image,” according to People Staring at Computers.

“Exhibited on site with a remotely triggered app that displayed the photos full screen on every available computer.”

The site features a video and series of photographs, apparently showing shoppers trying-out computes.

Comments of the individuals by visitors to the site are also attached to the images.

McDonald said on Twitter that he had been advised not to comment on the case by the online freedom group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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