A dime on a basketball court. That is what the NSA has to say about its controversial data collection activities.
Following President Obama's announcement to reform government surveillance, the NSA released a document saying that of the overall 1,826 petabytes of information per day on the Internet, the NSA touches only about 1.6 percent.
The agency adds that of the 1.6 percent, only 0.025 percent are actually selected for review. "Put another way, if a standard basketball court represented the global communications environment, NSA's total collection would be represented by an area smaller than a dime on that basketball court," it said.
Moreover, the agency emphasized that it greatly values partnerships and that it will not use a relationship with any foreign intelligence service to follow what the NSA is itself "prohibited by law from doing."