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.
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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."