News comes that the NSA in the United States is in the process of building a new data storage facility in Utah. Not just any facility – one capable of storing “yottabytes of surveillance data”.
They put it in perspective over at Erictric:
A typical modern computer hard disk drive is capable of storing into the lower hundreds of gigabytes. To put this in perspective, if you were to download a yottabyte with a standard 10 Mbps cable connection, it would take longer than your entire life — and that of your children, and grandchildren.
So, what kind of information might that be? Well,
The amount of data … is that which is more than all computers in the entire world combined — thousands of times over.
Perhaps that's a clue.
Again, as they put it over at Erictric, it's time to stop wondering if Big Brother might be watching you – with this sort of capacity, it's highly unlikely Big Brother isn't watching you.
By Alex Deane