An artist named Kyle McDonald decided that he would install spy camera software on two New York Apple retail stores display computers to take pictures of peoples faces when trying them out. The pictures would then be uploaded to his Tumblr account and were going to be used to show how are expressions were when we interacted with a machine.
“I thought maybe we could see ourselves doing this we would think more about our computers and how we’re using them,”
Unfortunately for him, Apple wipes their computers every night so he would have to go in and manually reinstalling the software everyday. Also, Apple monitors the network usage of their machines and an Apple tech supposedly found out about it.
McDonald figured that Apple didn’t care until the Secret Service showed up and confiscated his two computers, an iPod and two flash drives.
He believes that he hasn’t broken any laws and claims he got permission beforehand:
Before he began, he got permission from Apple’s security guards to take photos in the store, then asked customers if he could take their photos (with a camera). Had they all said no, he says, he wouldn’t have proceeded.
Time will tell but if you want to see if your picture has been taken by one of these computers you can head over to the Tumblr blog below.