NSA colllects 29 petabytes of online traffic a day

Posted on Monday, Aug 12 2013 @ 14:18 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new document on the NSA website reveals that the government agency collects over 29 petabytes (or 29 million gigabytes) of data per day, representing about 1.6 percent of all data that crosses the Internet each day. The NSA claims that 0.025 percent of the data they collect is selected for further review.
Of this data, the NSA flicks through 29PB of it, or 29 million gigabytes, which is quite the insane number. The NSA says that just 0.025% of that data is selected for review. The document states: "The net effect is that NSA analysts look at 0.00004 percent of the world's traffic in conducing their mission - that's less than one part in a million. Put another way, if a standard basketball court represented the global communications environment, NSA's collection would be represented by an area smaller than a dime on that basketball court."

Throughout the document, the NSA defends its legal basis, dismissing claims that it was conducting dragnet-style operations, except for the instances that fall under the umbrella of counter-terrorism and involve telephone metadata. You can read more on the document here, which is just filled with "it's okay, American citizens, we're not spying on you..."
Source: TweakTown


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