They have also become a source of security and privacy issues, as some built-in webcams can be remotely activated by spyware.The most popular use of webcams is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations.In 2009, when Susan Clements-Jeffrey purchased a used laptop from a student at the high school where she substitute taught, chances are she didn’t expect that the transaction would conclude with local police in her living room, laughing at her and calling her "stupid" while showing her explicit pictures of herself taken from her computer.Later, at the police station, according to court documents, the abuse continued, with the men now calling her disgusting while reading from her private instant message chats.
Some of them, for example, those used as online traffic cameras, are expensive, rugged professional video cameras.You can be hacked by clicking on spam, visiting a website that contains malware, or having chat programs running on your device.Protect your privacy by covering your webcam when it’s not in use. Our top three were chosen based on price, ability to be removed and reused, and if the cover actually does its job." Senator Simms asked."Not at the moment, Senator," George Brandis said."My own view is that the more democracy we have the better, this is the ultimate democratic resolution of a sensitive, social issue."The Australian Electoral Commission has previously estimated the cost of a plebiscite at 0 million, but Senator Brandis told the committee he had not requested his own estimate.He acknowledged a plebiscite would be much more expensive than voting on the matter in Parliament."You have to factor in the value of having this issue resolved by the Australian people in a thoroughly democratic manner, and I don't think it's very easy to put a financial price on the benefit of doing that," he said.But Federal Attorney-General George Brandis said there had been "a great deal" of community consultation, and the issue was gaining a lot of attention in Government."There will be a proposal brought forward when I take a submission to Cabinet, which I expect to do in coming months," Senator Brandis told a Senate estimates committee."I think I can say my disposition is to publish the proposed amendments to the Marriage Act so that people voting in the plebiscite would know what the shape of the legislation would be were they to vote yes or no."The Federal Coalition party room decided in August last year that the plebiscite should be held sometime after the next federal election.