Internet Privacy in the Age of Photobooth

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

(Gennaro Visciano/flickr)

It's not every day that an art project turns into a national security threat. But that's what happened to Kyle McDonald, multimedia artist and adjunct professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He wanted to capture a vast array of facial expressions, so he installed software on Apple store computers to screen grab customers' looks through Photoshop. Sounds innocent enough.

Then the Secret Service caught wind of his scheme and visited McDonald at home where they confiscated his computers and launched an investigation into exactly what he had been doing. So who owned the images of those faces? The government, or Apple, or even McDonald himself?


Kyle McDonald

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Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

fuva from harlemworld

That said, there's no denying the artfulness of the project concept.

Jul. 18 2012 10:12 AM
fuva from harlemworld


Jul. 18 2012 08:09 AM
fuva from harlemworld

"Sounds innocent enough."??? Are you kidding? We expect surveillance from above. Customers do NOT expect to be surveilled by a computer, as they test it out in a store. And there's certainly no expectation to be featured in some stranger's art project. There is a difference and it matters. And yet you didn't even broach the subject here. "...if you can't beat 'em, join 'em..." Really? What PATHETIC journalism around so critical a current issue.

Jul. 18 2012 08:06 AM

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