NSA claims it ‘touches’ only 1.6 percent of Internet traffic

Just hours after President Obama defended the National Security Agency’s activities, the foreign surveillance agency released a document in which it claims to review only a small faction of Internet traffic on a daily basis.In a seven-page paper released late Friday titled “The National Security Agency: Missions, Authorities, Oversight and Partnerships”(PDF), the agency asserts that the amount of data it collects from the global communications apparatus on a daily basis is comparable in size to a dime placed on a basketball court.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57598043-38/nsa-claims-it-touches-only-1.6-percent-of-internet-traffic/Also see:NSA: 1.6 Percent Of Internet Information ‘Touched’ By Us
On the day President Barack Obama proposed reforms to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the National Security Agency shared a paper claiming legal authority for its spying and revealing that it “touches” 1.6 percent of Internet information.The memo says that after the 2001 terror attacks, “Several programs were developed to address the U.S. Government’s need to connect the dots of information available to the intelligence community and to strengthen the coordination between foreign intelligence and domestic law enforcement agencies,” including the bulk collection of telephone and email records.

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