Internet Privacy in the Age of Photobooth

Thursday, July 26, 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

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]


Or perhaps... the people whose images he captured (presumably without their knowledge or consent) owned the images? I wish I'd been able to hear this segment. I hope the customers were at least informed that if they chose to browse the store, their picture might be taken (and publicly displayed?).

Jul. 28 2012 10:49 AM

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