Is your Macbook spying on you?

I’m typing away here, working on some bugs, fixing them, not creating them! I sit back thinking about one bug in particular and I look up and see that black square above the screen and I wonder, “Is anyone looking at me?”

If you are spying, here’s me! Hello World!


Post your spy shots and tag them !

Author: Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

3 thoughts on “Is your Macbook spying on you?”

  1. The little black square on the iMac at work has a post-it over it labelled “Privacy Guard”.

    If I get really motivated, I’ll probably color over the lens with a Sharpie (permanent marker).

    Just call me Ned Ludd.

  2. For sure Macbook software can easily be enabled, or is automatically enabled, to transfer your photos, movies, and no doubt, all your personal files from your lappy to the company, and from the company to who-knows-where. I can’t give direct evidence, such a thing would be impossible for an outsider, but it’s inconceivable I’ve made a mistake on this point. The transfers are, I assume, made during links to the iTunes store, and possibly through Apache RAID and Adobe. These ‘corporate’ backdoors strike me as perverse and diabolical, though perhaps in the name of detecting the perverse and diabolical on the public side of the computer, the ends justify the means. If you believe this, then also recall such power is used to discriminate against people who do not fall neatly within the bell-curve of statistical norms and government agenda. That could well mean you and me. Tolerance is on the wane, authoritarianism on the rise. The new aristocracy, the corportocracy, with rights of automatic invasion of privacy, with a license to spy.

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