The US Secret Service has launched an investigation into a project started by a Brooklyn based media artist for installing an app on Macs in two Apple Stores that randomly took pictures of customers and posted them online.
Kyle McDonald started a project called ‘People Staring at Computers’ in which he installed an app on Macs in two Apple Stores. The app took photos of people when they were looking at a Mac, in order to capture the facial expression of people when staring at a computer.
“We have this expression on our face [when we use computers] that basically says that we’re not interacting with anybody, we’re interacting with the machine,” Donald told Mashable.
“Even if there are a lot of people in the room at the Apple store, you’re not interacting with them. If something weird happens, you don’t say, ‘Hey, did you see that?’” he added.
He even started a feed on Tumblr which contained some of the photos taken by the app. Donald also held an exhibition for the project a while ago.
Apparently, some at Apple did not agree with what Donald had done and asked the Secret Service, responsible for protecting the US President, to step in.
Four Secret Service agents arrived at Donald’s doorstep with a search warrant and took away his two computers, an iPod and two flash drives. They also told that he would be contacted by Apple shortly.