The world is generating too much data for any agency to separate useful information from the noise
When Edward Snowden first revealed just how extensively the governments of the US and the UK had infiltrated our personal space, it was almost unbelievable. The National Security Agency (NSA) of the US in conjunction with the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had tapped directly into the fibre optic cables running around the world, and the two were intercepting, at source, the data flowing through the pipes of the internet. Operation Dishfire served up nearly 200 million text messages a day, while Operation Prism provided on-demand access to data in the servers of the largest tech companies of the world. Sophisticated tools like XKeyscore allowed them to pore through browsing and search histories, content of emails and online chats as well as other forms of metadata while scores of decryption techniques were used to bypass traditional web encryption techniques.