The NSA has published a document detailing what it does in about seven pages. One of the highlights of the documents is how it says it only touches about 1.6 percent of the data transferred over the Internet in a day.
Of course, considering how much information goes through the world’s Internet on any given day, not even that number makes us breathe easy, ArsTechnica reports.
“According to figures published by a major tech provider, the Internet carries 1,826 Petabytes of information per day. In its foreign intelligence mission, NSA touches about 1.6% of that. However, of the 1.6% of the data, only 0.025% is actually selected for review,” the NSA states.
The memo also states exactly how the NSA rationalizes the entire surveillance it performs.
“We do not need to sacrifice civil liberties for the sake of national security; both are integral to who we are as Americans. NSA can and will continue to conduct its operations in a manner that respects both.”
Of course, this is particularly the type of statement that can be contested by anyone who’s been reading about the NSA scandal over the past two months and the wording leaves yet another loophole for the intelligence agency.