On the day Obama said he would reach out to Congress to assess and damp down the amount of data collected, the NSA and FISA court release a report claiming they only touch 1.6% of the internet traffic in one day!

Of course. I asked myself, isn’t that a lot, and began the search to find how much data is collected off the internet in one day.

Sources say there is 1862 petabytes of daily internet traffic.  Translate to megabytes that comes out to 1,960,652,570,625.0073 megabytes.  

The NSA touches 1.6% of that….  So 1,960,652,570,625.0073 times 0.016 gives us

31,370,441,130 megabytes are collected by the NSA in one day.  That is 31 billion megabytes. 

Or simpler, 1862 petabytes times 0.016 equals 29,21 petabytes or 29,911.04 terrabytes.

The top of the line laptops today can hold 2.5 terrabytes of data.  So the NSA is collecting by their own omission,  the equivalent of 11,964 laptops of data. every day. 

This is collected, stored for later perusal if needed.  In todays world, who has laptops anymore, that translates to 957,153  full smartphones worth of data. 

They further clarify this to say that of the 1.6% of the data, only 0.025% is actually selected for review. Meaning that although the full amount is stored for future reference, they can only look at look at 0.00004% of the world’s traffic or 38 full smartphones each day, or half of one full laptop of data on any given day.

Before  you breathe a sigh of relief, and think you are off the hook, remember these are the exact same people just this past March, who sat in a hearing room in the US capital and told Congress that the US was not collecting and storing any data on US citizens, and that the US had no plans to ever do so….. Just 5 months ago! 

Good chance that number is very low-ball of their capabilities.  Telling the truth is not one of the NSA’s strong points.