Your eyes only: CIA tech blurs computer screens to others

Sometimes the consequences of having someone looking at your computer screen when you're at work can be worse than the embarrassment of being caught on Facebook — especially if your work involves sensitive or classified material. But the CIA now has a technology to protect such data from prying eyes, InformationWeek reports.

The agency and its nonprofit venture capital arm In-Q-Tel have partnered with Oculis Labs to develop a technology that blurs a computer monitor when the authorized user is either away from the screen or has turned around to talk to someone else, according to the article.

The technology, called PrivateEye, uses facial recognition software to identify the authorized user and shows a clear screen only to that user, according to Oculis. If you move away or turn around, it blurs the screen. When you turn back, the screen clears, the company said.

And if someone looks over a user’s shoulder while the user is working, the software alerts the user, displaying a small picture of the person standing behind, and can be set to blur aautomatically if anyone other than the authorized user is looking at the screen.

PrivateEye is available in individual and enterprise versions,

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Reader Comments

Fri, Sep 16, 2011 Captain Obvious Griffiss AFB

Too bad they can't pass out brains. Once I saw a high-resolution photo on an AF website where you could clearly see the email list shown on a screen. You can fix ugly, but you can't cure stupid.

Thu, Sep 15, 2011 Cowboy Joe

That's gonna cause a lotta sick puppies...

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