We have always been advised to give priority to security when browsing the internet. However, what is the guarantee that you are still safe? Who knows if you are leaving digital traces behind? Well, one can take precautions to the best of the ability. But you never know how secure you are.
A report states that National Security Agency is thoroughly reading the data of hundreds of thousands of customers from the United States. These customers are supposedly from the Verizon Communications. Also, the data that is being analyzed, which mostly happens to be personal data.
William Binney, a former NSA employee, says that there could be records collected by the agency of around 3 billion phone calls per day. Also, the NSA and the FBI run a program called “PRISM”. This program helps the US administration with emails, audio, video or any other data of the people.
There were some very big names of the companies that participate in this PRISM. Some of the prominent companies include Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Yahoo! Inc and Apple Inc. among some others. The companies said that the only information that is passed on to the government is the one that is only required under the law.
The entire information can be worked out like a jigsaw puzzle. There can be a number of conclusions that can be reached at. The data can be used to guess the habits and friendships with data-mining formulae using authoritative computers.
This phenomenon, these days is being termed as Big Data. With powerful computers, it is possible to analyze the huge stock of information that is collected through various electronic media like mobile phones, etc. As far as the Obama administration is concerned, the only thing they are saying is that it all being done in the interest of the nation’s security.